Monthly Archives: June 2018

The Copyright Directive: Misinformation and Independent Enquiry

A new academic statement has been released today in anticipation of the plenary vote in the European Parliament on the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive, scheduled for 5 July, 12:00. More than 200 academics from over 25 research centres, including the leading European institutes, have signed open letters opposing Article 11 (new exclusive right for press publishers) and Article 13 (new obligation on platforms to obtain licences for content uploaded by users, or prevent the availability of such content by filtering). This latest statement attempts to address directly some of the misinformation that is circulating in a heavily lobbied environment. The statement rejects the following four claims as false: False: The proposals will increase legal certainty False: The … Continue reading

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CREATe contributes to Summer School organised by Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities

On Wednesday 20 June 2018, CREATe team members Amy Thomas and  Ally Farnhill, led by CREATe Programme Leader Sukhpreet Singh, conducted a workshop for postgraduate research students attending the Scottish Graduate School for Art and Humanities (SGSAH) three day ‘Summer School’ at the Teacher Building in Central Glasgow. The topic of the workshop was Securing your Intellectual Property, and it was aimed at providing postgraduate researchers with an overview of the types of IP protection available in their research areas, in addition to providing a forum for them to raise concerns and share experiences. The team presented an overview of the types of intellectual property protection available and delved deeper into particular concerns around seeking copyright protection on creative products. … Continue reading

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New Articles Published from CREATe Open Film Project

The CREATe  Open Film: Open Source project has achieved a striking success in getting two linked articles accepted for publication in the journal Information, Communication and Society. The first paper is Evi Giannatou, Gian Marco Campagnolo, Michael Franklin, James K Stewart & Robin Williams (2018) Revolution postponed? Tracing the development and limitations of open content filmmaking  Information, Communication and Society Pages: 1-21 | DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2018.1464590 The paper examines attempts to establish an Open Content Filmmaking (OCF) movement. Early expectations that Creative Commons (CC) licences would enable a viable alternative to mainstream film production, comparable to free/libre open source software (FLOSS), were challenged, in particular by the difficulties experienced in establishing viable livelihoods with OCF. This created tensions between those with … Continue reading

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‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’: Upcoming Dataset Licensing Workshop

‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’: Dataset Licensing Workshop Friday 29 June Hilton Grosvenor Hotel Glasgow This event, which is already fully subscribed, is the third in a series of workshops, run in collaboration between CREATe and the Research Information Management team at University of Glasgow, and supported by JISC. These full day events tackle the complex area of research data licensing, with a particular focus on Open Access, and aim to facilitate deeper understanding and greater confidence in dealing with these challenging issues. The event will also provide an opportunity to review a series of Information Sheets, which have been produced by Valerie McCutcheon, UofG’s Research Information Manager and CREATe staff Sheona Burrow and Dr Thomas Margoni. … Continue reading

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Trying to CREATe some Organized Creativity: Impressions from a research visitor’s month in Glasgow

Blog by Konstantin Hondros, visiting researcher from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany In May 2018 I had the opportunity to visit CREATe as a research visitor. Based in Germany at the University of Duisburg-Essen and as part of the DFG-funded project “Organized Creativity”, my work focuses on influences of copyright on creation processes in music and connected regulatory uncertainties. Getting to know the University of Glasgow and CREATe as probably the most renowned research hub concerned with the intertwining of creative industries and copyright regulation, was definitely a great experience. Since I am in the middle of my dissertation project as well as in writing working papers for my project, I spent the time in my roof office opposite the beautiful university … Continue reading

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How much do we know about notice-and-takedown? Guest post on Kluwer Copyright Blog

CREATe Director Martin Kretschmer and Kristofer Erickson (Associate Professor of Media and Communication, University of Leeds), have written a post for the Kluwer Copyright blog on EU copyright enforcement. The article explores the dramatic change to the regime that governs the liability of online intermediaries established with the E-Commerce Directive (Directive 2000/31/EC). The full blog post can be read here. The article on Youtube takedowns is available here, and CREATe’s resource page on EU Copyright Reform can be found here.

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The Copyright Directive: Access independent research!

Copyright Reform. It’s a few votes away. The European Union may require those who share news to obtain licences first (permissions against payment). The European Union may require platforms to filter content uploaded by users (aimed at music files but also applying to new digital expressions such as memes and parodies). What is the evidence for such radical measures? CREATe is relaunching our copyright reform resource page today. We present a consolidated view of independent academic contributions to the most contested articles of the proposed Directive. We also offer a timeline of the policy making process and access to draft documents where they have become available (sometimes as leaks).

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Lawful Creativity or Creative Lawfulness: CopyrightUser.org at the EYE International Conference 2018

On 27th May 2018, I participated in a panel titled Resisting Copyright and Its Archival Implications, organised and chaired by Claudy Op den Kamp (Bournemouth University) as part of the EYE International Conference 2018 (EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 26-29 May 2018). The panel – which included Prof Peter Jaszi (American University) and Wendy Bevan-Mogg (Bournemouth University) – explored the relationship between copyright law and found footage filmmaking, focusing on the role that copyright exceptions (EU / UK) and fair use (US) play in enabling the creative reuse of existing works. The session ended with the launch of Claudy Op den Kamp’s book The Greatest Films Never Seen: The Film Archive and the Copyright Smokescreen. Each panelist was given a clip from a … Continue reading

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