On Friday 24 June 2016, to mark the host of the CREATe Festival at RSA House, London, the Royal Society of Arts will be launching a new App, on a trial basis, providing an overview of the history of the Royal Society of Arts and its activities. The App, which will be available for free download by all Festival attendees, includes a section written by Dr Elena Cooper (CREATe, Glasgow University) illustrating the RSA’s important campaign to secure the first copyright legislation protecting painting, drawing and photographs: the Fine Arts Copyright Act 1862. Drawing on Dr Cooper’s extensive research into artistic copyright history to be published in her forthcoming book Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image, (Cambridge University Press, 2017), the App will provide visitors to the Festival with access to examples of the rich historical material which survives in the RSA’s archives. Details of how to download the App will be available at the entrance to RSA House, on the day of the Festival. A commentary on the App will also comprise part of Dr Cooper’s talk at the Festival: Copyright and Art Forgery: The Painting that Challenged the Law (Romney Room, 1110 to 1130, and repeated 1130 to 1150).
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