CREATe 2020 Onwards: new PhDs, new staff, new projects

As we embark on the first semester of the 2020-21 academic year, it is a good time to take an overview of our current upcoming projects, and note some changes to the CREATe Team and Researcher community.

A sneak preview of the new CREATe website … Illustration by Collage Creativi based on plans for the main building of the University of Glasgow, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878).

A significant area of CREATe work will continue to be the workstrand on Intellectual Property, Business Models, Access to Finance and Content Regulation in the AHRC Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC), until 2023. Within this work falls the Platform Regulation project, which provides an empirical mapping of the UK regulatory landscape and looks ahead to potential new responsibilities.

Another aspect is developing our digital tools that allow policymakers and researchers access to evidence in a useful and innovative manner. We have catalogued 800 empirical studies with close user involvement, drawing on Wiki technology, in our Copyright Evidence Wiki. A new Copyright Evidence Portal – building upon the Wiki, including an innovative visualisation tool to intuitively explore existing empirical evidence – will be launched in the next months.

From 2020-2023, CREATe is leading the creative industries stream of a major 10-institution research consortium, funded with over €3 million by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program: Copyright law, cultural diversity and the Digital Single Market. CREATe’s work will engage closely with creative industries stakeholders to develop an integrated policy approach to copyright in the EU digital single market. The research will enable new codes of best practice relevant to specific creative sectors, and a series of reports to inform policy at local and national levels.

Following the pilot project Copyright and Fair Practice in Education, the new codes will aim to capture existing community norms around the reuse of audiovisual materials for documentary filmmakers and immersive heritage practitioners. We will also develop a new platform providing accessible guidance on EU copyright, drawing on our pioneering copyright information portal CopyrightUser.org.

Internationally, CREATe is collaborating with Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Giblin and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (University of Melbourne) on an ARC project on rights reversion: The Author’s Interest. This work investigates ways in which taking the author’s interest in copyright seriously can improve remuneration outcomes for individuals and reclaim a great deal of currently lost cultural value for broader society. For CREATe, Dr Ula Furgal is exploring the European solutions which allow rights to revert back to authors, in the publishing industry and beyond.

Research on the public sphere and markets will continue, including the outputs from empirical work funded by the Carnegie Trust on copyright and freedom of panorama by Dr Marta Iljadica and Ms Amy Thomas. This work explores the extent to which members of the public are free to photograph art, buildings and other work in public space.

CREATe will also continue to monitor the transposition of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive providing an independent academic perspective via its Implementation Resource Page.

CREATe Team & Researcher community

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Margoni who from 1 October 2020 is Research Professor in Intellectual Property Law at the Centre for IT and IP Law (CiTiP), Faculty of Law,  KU Leuven.  Whilst at Glasgow, Thomas was Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Internet Law, Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy, and Co-Director at CREATe. We are delighted that Thomas will continue his association with CREATe as a visiting professor in the School of Law and as a CREATe fellow. From September 2020, Dr Luis Porangaba will be Director of the LLM in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy.

We would like to welcome our new Postdoctoral Researchers and our new PhD and LLM by research students to the CREATe Researcher Community:

Postdoctoral Researchers

Pinar Oruç will work on the H2020 reCreating Europe on two projects: geography and digital cultural heritage (investigator: Marta Iljadica); and AI and text-and-data-mining (investigators:  Thomas Margoni and Martin Kretschmer).  

Xiaoren Wang  will work on the AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) on issues relating to platform regulation (investigators: Martin Kretschmer and Philip Schlesinger). 

PhD Students

Title: Copyright governance by algorithm: Towards a new regulatory approach
Supervisors: Professor Martin Kretschmer and Dr Elena Cooper 

Title: Data regulation in the Age of Digital Transformation
Supervisors: Professor Nuran Acur, Dr Luis Porangaba and Professor Martin Kretschmer 

Title: Restitution of Colonial Cultural Objects: Questioning Colonial Amnesia?
Supervisors: Dr Marta Iljadica and Dr Christa Roodt 

Title: Digital authoritarian forms of big data governance
Supervisors: Professor Bridgette Wessels, Professor Andrew Hoskins and Professor Martin Kretschmer 

LLM by Research Students

Title: Destruction of Cultural Heritage
Supervisor: Dr Marta Iljadica

Research seminars

Our research seminar series this year focuses on our early career researchers and will be held online.

Dr Pınar Oruç’s seminar entitled Can 3D technology change the way we view the ownership of cultural heritage? took place on Monday 12 October. 

The second presentation by Xiaoren Wang entitled Should We Worry about Color Depletion? — An Empirical Study of Single-Color Trademarks took place on Monday 19 October.

The third presentation by Dr Kenny Barr entitled Trading Places: PSBs, SVoDs and the ‘Terms of Trade’  will take place on Monday 16 November.

Full details of the seminars here https://www.create.ac.uk/blog/2020/10/09/create-online-seminars-with-our-new-postdoctoral-researchers-this-semester/

Schedule and abstracts are available on this page. If you are interested in participating, please contact Diane McGrattan (diane.mcgrattan@glasgow.ac.uk).

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