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Monthly Archives: May 2016
Online video has become serious business. From YouTube’s new copyright review team to the Fine Brothers’ attempt to protect ‘reaction’ videos as a format, there is lots to talk about. We invite UK-based video creators to join us for a roundtable discussion and networking event at the RSA House in London on 24th June. The theme of this meetup is copyright and creativity in online video production. Recent developments on YouTube and other platforms have raised questions and worries: How can small creators protect themselves from unauthorised taking of content? What are some good ways to obtain licenses for music? Is it possible to parody clips from broadcast TV or film? What is the most effective way of dealing with … Continue reading
May 5th 2016 – Prof. Angela McRobbie – Glasgow School of Art The CREATe event hosted at the Glasgow School of Art May 5th 2016 had the aim of bringing together our research and collaborative activities on questions relating to fashion start-ups, IP/Copyright and new business models that have been carried out over the last 3 years in London, Berlin and Milan. Although focused towards the continuing Phase 2 work on the rise of digital fashion and its impact on fashion culture in general and also on IP/Copyright, we wanted to use this opportunity in Scotland to pull together our investigations and look towards the book which will be produced in the coming 12 months. The following blog comprises our shared … Continue reading
We have released a limited number of additional tickets, due to the high demand for our one-day conference exploring how copyright impacts the access to, and use of, our shared cultural heritage across borders and online. A list of speakers and booking link can be found here. The event is complemented by two pop-up events, which are also free and don’t require booking, an exhibition and a #drinkingaboutmuseums meet up.
Guest post by Ruth Soetendorp (Chair, Intellectual Property Awareness Network) and Scott Walker (PRS for Music) on convening the CREATe supported Copyright Education Symposium on 24 May in London. What would bring together representatives from the creative industries, academics and policymakers? A chance to discuss how to improve the impact of copyright education initiatives and the research that informs and underpins them? Yes indeed! On 24 May the BPI will play host to a gathering of people across these communities to assess the effectiveness of copyright education and get a grip on what research and initiatives are out there, what is working and what can be improved as we look ahead.
CREATe researcher Florence Thepot reports from CLaSF Workshop on Competition and Regulatory trends in Digital Markets, Lisbon Law School, 14 April 2016, where she spoke on ‘The role of digital platforms in the creative industry; Consumer Welfare v. Innovation?’. On 14th April 2016 I attended a Workshop on Competition and Regulatory trends in Digital Markets organised by the Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) and Lisbon Law School (in conjunction with its Jean Monnet Chair in Economic Regulation in the EU). The workshop took place at Lisbon Law School. About CLaSF Created by UK-based competition law scholars Prof Barry Rodger, Prof Angus MacCullogh and Prof Alan Riley, ClaSF workshops take place twice a year (usually every Spring and Autumn) in different … Continue reading
CREATe is publishing today a new working paper by Dr Jeremy Silver, CREATe Industry Fellow and incoming CEO of the Digital Catapult. Blockchain or the Chaingang? Challenges, opportunities and hype: the music industry and blockchain technologies Music Ally is launching Jeremy’s report at an event in London, hosted by City firm ReedSmith (Thursday 12th May, 18:00-21:00): Blockchain: music without the middlemen? Paul Brindley (CEO and Co-founder, Music Ally) writes: This Music Ally event will serve as both the launchpad of the first in-depth report on what blockchain really means for the music industry and a forum to help build a practical consensus around the next steps to enable the industry to take full advantage of blockchain technologies.
On 28 April 2016, CREATe was delighted to welcome Dr Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, an anthropologist from the University of Oxford, to deliver the first talk in the CREATe Studio Spring/Summer Lecture Series: ‘How Trinkets Became Piracy: Intellectual Property Discourse and its Impacts on Informal Economy in Brazil’. Drawing on over 15 years of anthropological fieldwork, Dr Pinheiro-Machado presented her ethnographic findings about the impact of the criminalisation of copyright infringement on ordinary street-traders in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil and the Paraguayan border. In addition to uncovering the complex authenticity classifications articulated by the street-traders and their difference to intellectual property norms, Dr Pinheiro-Machado addressed a number of broader questions. How do nation states, such as Brazil, apply the international … Continue reading
The CREATe Associate Project ‘Appraising Potential Legal Responses to Threats to the Production of News in a Digital Environment’ organized a one day conference on 23 April 2016 at the University of Amsterdam to ask questions about the future of copyright in news’. This resource first appeared on the CIPIL website. CREATe Research Associate Dr. Richard Danbury will present findings from the project at the CREATe Festival 2016. The difficulties of commercial journalism Like music and other branches of publishing, commercial news journalism has faced radical challenges over the last two decades. There is talk of the “death of the newspaper” and questions have been raised about the very future of journalism. While with music, books and films, the greatest threat to existing business … Continue reading
CREATe researcher Kris Erickson has today published an article in the open access Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics. The article reviews literature from law and economics which defines the public domain in economic terms. This approach to the public domain has become common post-Gowers with the political turn toward evidence-based IP policymaking. Public interest justifications for a vibrant public domain have been shifted to the background while a focus on economic efficiency, innovation and growth have achieved prominence. Advocating for wider consideration of the public interest in defining the public domain, Erickson finds a range of justifications which may evade current economic approaches: ‘There are a range of public interest reasons for safeguarding and expanding a copyright public domain. It … Continue reading
The CREATe hackathon will happen next Friday evening at the Whisky Bond in Glasgow. For those unaware, hackathons are short, intensive software development sessions where teams compete to produce innovative solutions to challenges. The theme of this hackathon is data mining and visualisation to improve copyright policy. This topic should be right up the street of many of our regular readers. Copyright’s limitations are of intense interest to digital innovation researchers, where alternative business models and innovation have emerged. Let’s see what new perspectives we can gain from the hackathon format! There is a £1000 prize for the winning team and a £200 runner up award. The challenges have been laid down and teams are already starting to form. Read … Continue reading