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Monthly Archives: April 2017
CREATe announced the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network (CIN) on 26 May 2017 at the Digital Catapult in London with an event exploring, Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme. The network aims to be a catalyst for industry-relevant research at the interface of law, technology, social science and the humanities.
Morten Hviid, University of East Anglia provides a summary of CREATe supported research into the effects of digitalisation on the music and publishing industries. The findings have been published as two new working papers. The two papers explore the structure of the music and publishing industries respectively post-digitalisation. In both cases we observe that digitalisation and disintermediation of support services have made possible an increased potential for the creative agents to self-publish and bypass the traditional publishers and labels. We also observed a move towards a more concentrated retail sector, where the large internet platforms dominate the interface with consumers. We speculate on the effect of these changes on the traditionally powerful firms in these industries, the book and music publishers and the record labels and … Continue reading
How do archives, museums and libraries enable digital access to works in their collections when it is difficult to identify or locate the copyright owners? The problem of orphan works has been addressed in part by the EU Orphan Works Directive 2012 and the UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme (OWLS). But are these solutions fit for purpose? The Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project was the first UK study addressing the legal and practical realities of diligent search since the Directive and OWLS came into effect. Now the project has concluded, with a new resource launched at www.digitisingmorgan.org.
The annual conference of the European Copyright Society (ECS), held this year at Sciences Po, Paris on 12 May 2017, will explore a possible path to a unitary EU copyright that would overcome the territorial fragmentation of online content markets. CREATe has worked with the European Copyright Society (ECS) on numerous policy submissions since the society was established in 2012. Speakers at ECS 2017 affiliated with CREATe include Prof. Martin Kretschmer (University of Glasgow), Prof. Estelle Derclaye (University of Nottingham) and Prof. Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge), as well as members of CREATe’s programme advisory council (Bernt Hugenholtz, IViR, University of Amsterdam and Reto Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich).
CREATe Deputy Director Philip Schlesinger gave the opening keynote lecture on ‘Why does cultural expertise matter?’ at the international conference on ‘La prescription culturelle en question/Investigating cultural expertise’, held at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme de Dijon from 5-7 April 2017. His talk focused on the current crisis of expertise in the public sphere, how institutions prescribe cultural agendas, and the diverse regimes of research that shape academic identities and agendas. The conference covered a wide range of cultural practices, from music to manga, and the tensions between algorithmic and actor-driven forms of prescription. Organised by the Groupe d’Études sur la Prescription, conference proceedings will be published in due course.
CILIP’s annual Copyright Conference takes place on April 7 in London. The conference provides information professionals with a chance to update their knowledge about crucial copyright and licensing related issues and developments. The programme has been curated by Naomi Korn and features two papers by CREATe researchers. In his talk entitled ‘Navigating the Copyright Cortex: Enabling Digital Cultural Heritage’ Ronan Deazley will introduce the Copyright Cortex: a new online resource providing free, expert, objective and research-led commentary and advice about UK copyright law as it impacts the digitisation, access to, and use of our shared cultural heritage. Victoria Stobo, presents ‘The archivist who kicked the hornet’s nest: Taking the sting out of digitising 20th century materials’ which will explore the ways … Continue reading