CREATe at the 5th Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, 24-29 September Washington DC

The 5th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest will take place on 24-29 September at the Washington College of Law, American University. It is the main convening of a global network of over 800 researchers, activists, and practitioners who work at the intersection of intellectual property and promotion of the public interest. The core goal is to promote evidence-based policy-making by fostering partnerships between academics and policy advocates from around the world.

CREATe is one of the partners of the Global Congress and a CREATe delegation – consisting of Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Dr Thomas Margoni and Bartolomeo Meletti – will participate in various workshops and panel sessions. The Global Congress will also be the platform for the launch of the last two episodes of The Game is On! series, co-created by Prof. Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) and Bartolomeo Meletti.

On Wednesday 26th September, Bartolomeo will join Ben Cashdan (filmmaker and TV producer, South Africa) and Claudy Op den Kamp (Bournemouth University, UK) in the workshop Demonstrating Fair Use. The purpose of the workshop – held as part of the session User Rights in Domestic Copyright Reform – is to show videos, ad campaigns, animations and other examples of advocacy campaigns on limitations and exceptions to copyright. Bartolomeo will screen the award-winning episode 1 of The Game is On! – The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair – illustrating some examples of how the creative team benefitted from copyright exceptions and the public domain in creating the film. He will conclude his talk by showing Copying & Creativity, a short animated video which makes the case for understanding copying as a positive phenomenon in helping us learn and innovate, develop and engage with others.

On Thursday 27th, Martin, Thomas and Bartolomeo will present the CREATe research programme during the session Empirical Approaches to Copyright Reform. Martin will give an overview of the findings from over 50 projects, and how they are changing the evidence base in the field. In discussion with Thomas and Bartolomeo, the focus of the panel will then shift to digital resources that enable engagement of research with public policy and copyright users more generally (be they entrepreneurs, educators or consumers). Resources developed by CREATe that will be introduced include:

  • www.CopyrightEvidence.org –  a user-generated wiki resource that aims to catalogue all empirical research relating to copyright (currently over 600 studies).
  • www.CopyrightUser.org – the leading UK copyright guidance portal.
  • www.CopyrightHistory.org – a digital archive of legal and contextual documents from currently nine jurisdictions for the period of 1450-1900 (produced with the University of Cambridge). The panel will end with a discussion of the need for data analysis tools that give access to primary data, focusing on CREATe’s pilot OMeBa (Online Media Behaviour):
  • Omeba – the user-friendly data tool, which allows users to download and analyse the Ofcom/IPO surveys on infringement, online access and consumption behaviour in the UK

On Thursday afternoon, Thomas will contribute to a panel Public Interest on EU Copyright Reform, reflecting on CREATe’s participation in the process of EU policy making.

Friday 28th Martin and Thomas will deliver two TED style talks, Thomas on text and data mining, copyright and the impact on open science, Martin on his new study on copyright takedown (with Kris Erickson): “This video is unavailable”.

On Saturday 29th September, the Game is On! series will be screened for the first time in its entirety. In fact, Ronan and Bartolomeo will be launching the last two episodes of the series: The Adventure of the Unreliable Narrator and The Adventure of the Photographer’s Stratagem. The films and their accompanying Case Files will be published on the same day on CopyrightUser.org. The screening session will conclude with a comment by Prof. Peter Jaszi (Professor Emeritus at American University Law School), who since 2005 has been working with Prof. Patricia Aufderheide to help creative communities develop fair use guidance documents that reflect their particular problems and practices

On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th, CREATe will also have a display table showcasing its research-based digital resources. Global Congress attendees will have the opportunity to view exclusive materials such as the annotated scripts of The Game is On! and to provide their input on what datasets should be included in the Copyright Evidence Wiki to facilitate independent research.

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