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CREATe academics set to organize panel in Global IP Congress in New Delhi

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Global IP Congress 2015

CREATe is proud to announce the organization of a bespoke panel at the 4th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, hosted by the National Law University in New Delhi from Dec 15-17, 2015. The CREATe Panel will be represented by academics from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths & Strathclyde, and will focus on business models in the creative economy, drawing upon socio-legal and empirical findings of several research projects that examine existing and emerging business models. The CREATe researchers aim to present to an international audience how the understanding of existing and new business models can contribute to the challenges faced by, and opportunities available to, creative practices and industries in a rapidly changing economic, regulatory and technological environment.

The Global Congress began in Washington DC in 2011, moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2012, and was held in Cape Town in 2013. The fourth Global Congress on IP & the Public Interest, taking place in 2015 in New Delhi, is expected to bring together a wide range of communities, such as academia, civil society, industry, regulators and policy-makers. The event is billed as the largest convening of public interest-oriented intellectual property practitioners ever held in Asia, and would help link in the world’s most populous region to these global debates around how intellectual property policy can best serve the public interest. Besides CREATe (UK), the co-organizers and implementers of this global congress include American University (Washington USA), American Assembly Columbia University (USA), Open AIR (A pan-African Innovation Research & Training project), the National Law University (New Delhi India), and, Centre for Internet & Society (Bangalore India).

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Statutory licensing, copyright exchange and other interesting copyright things from Korea!

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Korea Copyright Commission LogoDelegates from the Korea Copyright Commission (KCC) led by their Director of the Copyright Deliberation & Research Team visited CREATe on Wednesday 21 October 2015 to share creative industry research and policy initiatives from Korea and to explore current copyright concerns in the Western world. Potentially forming into an annual information exchange symposium, this was KCC’s second visit to CREATe, the first having taken place in 2014.

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Reflections on CREATe’s All Hands conference

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Guest post by Dr John Oliver, Associate Professor in Media Management, Bournemouth University, UK

2014.09.15-16.low_093CREATe’s All Hands conference (15-16th September 2014), while on one hand, provided the mainly internal consortium delegates with an opportunity to network and share research updates, it was also a platform for external academics, such as myself, to get close to the heart of CREATe’s work and meet the people behind its early success. As a media management researcher, I am interested in the business models of media and cultural businesses, and it was natural that I was intrigued by how a group of academic lawyers, technologists, sociologists and political scientists conceptualized ‘business models’ – something which was previously the domain of either economists or business academics, mainly those who studied strategic management, and where the phrase ‘business models’ can be a rather specific technical term. The two days spent in Glasgow, where the conversation during lunch and tea breaks was always on the verge of veering into Scottish independence and the referendum later that week, did answer the question to some extent. Regulatory frameworks, mainly copyright, are central to the genesis of ‘new’ or ‘better’ business models in media or cultural industries, and it became clear why RCUK made one of their biggest investments for the study of cultural and creative industries by funding an interdisciplinary centre for copyright and ‘New Business Models’, consciously rooted not in a ‘business’, but ‘law’ school of the University of Glasgow.

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