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Monthly Archives: July 2015
CREATe and the Digital Catapult are organising an interactive workshop and roundtable event that aims to generate points of discussion and provide reliable guidance about the legislation governing the digitisation, dissemination and consumption of orphan works in the digital age. It will also be an opportunity for the organisers to better understand what archivists and curators specifically need to know about the new orphan works exception and UK licensing scheme, and copyright law in general.
Copyright and Orphan Works / London / September 29th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
A special issue of the Society for Computers and Law Journal is now available, focusing on many aspects associated with the emergence and growth of Smart Cities. Nine articles comprise the issue, directly inspired by the CREATe-sponsored event Understanding Smart Cities: Opportunities and Regulatory Challenges, which took place at the University of Strathclyde on the 31st of March and 1st of April. This conference, chaired by Prof Lilian Edwards, focused on how contemporary urban life is increasingly marked and shaped by technology, and critically assessed what this means for existing societal norms and regulatory structures. In his editorial, Laurence Eastham expressed his hope “that this issue will help to give technology lawyers a wider understanding of one of the most important developments of the … Continue reading
A new call for papers for an upcoming special issue of Internet Policy Review explores challenges facing regulators of the ‘sharing economy’ in Europe. The sharing economy concept, now with us for over a decade, refers to the digital enablement of users to buy, sell and exchange goods and services between one another. Recently, a proliferation of networked, mobile technologies and new business models has allowed companies to profit while enabling such transactions to occur. These include businesses such as fiverr, which connects media freelancers, writers and designers with clients who pay a small amount on a ‘per-gig’ basis. Goods and capital-sharing businesses include Spinlister, a platform that facilitates peer-to-peer rental of bicycles, skis and snowboards.
Keynote: Waldfogel on “Creative Activity and Product ‘Quality’ in Music, Movies and Books since Napster/Digitization”
Post by Dr. Theodore Koutmeridis, CREATe Research Fellow, reviewing a keynote by Prof. Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota) titled “Creative Activity and Product ‘Quality’ in Music, Movies and Books since Napster/Digitization”. The keynote was presented at a CREATe capacity building event hosted by the Centre for Competition Policy & University of East Anglia, Norwich at the conference ‘The Economics of Creativity and Competition: New Markets, New Challenges” held on 4th/5th February 2015. Professor Joel Waldfogel, a global expert on industrial organisation and law and economics, delivered an outstanding keynote speech on “Digital Renaissance”, at a CREATe capacity building event at the University of East Anglia. Initially, he outlined the bigger picture, highlighting the demand side challenges associated with digitisation in media industries, as well … Continue reading