Join us in Bournemouth on 12th November 2015 to consider the implications of changes to UK copyright made one year ago in the wake of the Hargreaves Review. This ESRC Festival of Social Science event is organised by Professor Maurizio Borghi and Dr. Dinusha Mendis at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth University and co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council, CREATe University of Glasgow and CCLFR University of Reading. It is free to attend, however attendees are encouraged to register online as places are limited. The event is sure to be of interest to many of us in CREATe, owing to our continued interest in gathering empirical evidence about the role of copyright policy for creativity and commerce.
In particular, the day-long event will explore (1) how the new exceptions were received by users; (2) their impact in the cultural and creative sectors; (3) the challenges posed to authors and other rights holders; (4) whether the reforms draw the UK closer to EU or, on the contrary, move the UK away from copyright law of other member states.
One panel session will discuss the fair dealing exception for parody, caricature and pastiche, which came into effect on 1st October 2014. CREATe researchers were involved in the implementation of this exception, with co-authors Erickson, Kretschmer and Mendis supplying evidence on parody in the evaluation of the Hargreaves proposals. Members of the panel will include Jonathan Griffiths, QMUL and Hugh Hancock, founder of Strange Company, a group of machinima video creators and distributors based in Edinburgh. We are particularly interested to explore the impact of this new exception for professional and amateur users of copyright works. A considerable amount of empirical evidence was gathered to assess the impact of the parody exception before its introduction, but much less is known about uptake. What kinds of creators are making use of the exception? What have been its effects on industry practice? How much new parodic content has been unlocked as a result of the legal reform?
Other sessions will consider issues related to the exceptions for quotation, text and data mining, and the proposed private copying exception.