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The aim of this internal CREATe workshop was to bring together all researchers within CREATe who are working on this topic and who are also employing a range of cognate methodologies, notably the interview but also a range of ethnographic approaches. This follows the CREATe’s long-term agenda to develop insights and debate beyond particular projects by highlighting common thematic interests and contrasting findings.
– Post by Mr. Andrew Black (LL.B Hons, LL.M Distinction), CREATe Research Assistant, University of Edinburgh
Television viewers around the world have either watched or are familiar with local versions of hit television shows such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Strictly Come Dancing, and, Idols. Formats such as these are widely traded in a global format market that is estimated to be worth billions a year. Individual formats have been reported to have been licensed for fees that can reach into seven figure sums. Such success, however, occurs despite the fact that the copyright law framework of most nations offers no direct legal protection for the formats themselves.
Against this backdrop I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop held in Berlin which aimed to bring together research and practice on this topic. The workshop, organized in Berlin jointly by CREATe and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG), brought together leading academics and practitioners to explore the field over the course of two days. Speakers shared a mix of practical and academic perspectives on the changing production of formats, their protection, and the value of an international comparative approach to exploring both.
Perspectives on attending ‘Reforming Formats’ – a CREATe international collaboration with HIIG Berlin!
– Post by Ms. Megan Rae Blakely, PhD Candidate, CREATe/ School of Law, University of Glasgow
I recently had the opportunity to attend a two-day research workshop in Berlin co-organized by CREATe and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG). The workshop was titled ‘Reforming Formats – Producing and Protecting Audiovisual Formats in Convergent Media.‘ Here, I would like to share some perspectives from this workshop which are of relevance to me in the pursuit of my research study. This blogpost reports, in particular, the presentation by Professor Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law at the Suffolk University Law School, Boston, USA.
The British Council-sponsored South Asia Season event held in the University of Glasgow’s Senate Room on 9th December 2013 centred on the screening of Farjad Nabi’s new documentary Faustin Elmer Chaudhry’s Pakistan, a story of change since before the ending of the Raj, seen through the lens of the astounding centenarian photographer. The intense evening’s discussion with the film-maker and commentator Fasi Zaka was chaired by CCPR‘s Professor Philip Schlesinger.
The tenth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. Copyright & Risk: Scoping the Wellcome Digital Library by Victoria Stobo with Prof. Ronan Deazley and Dr Ian G. Anderson is a comprehensive case study which aims to assess the merits of the risk-managed approach to copyright clearance adopted by the Wellcome Library (WL) in the course of their pilot digitisation project Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.
The ninth release in CREATe’s Working Paper Series is now available for download. Writing About Comics and Copyright by Ronan Deazley and Jason Mathis explores, with the aid of beautiful comic illustrations, the challenges faced by scholars when seeking to write about visual work. It asks what constitutes ‘a work’ protected by copyright within the context of comics publishing? What does it mean to speak of ‘insubstantial copying’ from a copyright-protected comic? And what can be copied lawfully from a comic for the purpose of criticism and review?