On Wednesday 19 July, CREATe hosted a workshop looking at aspects of eLending and access to digital knowledge at Advanced Research Centre, University of Glasgow. This afternoon event addressed key aspects of library lending of eBooks in Europe and beyond, as well as wider themes relating to digital access to knowledge.
The first part of the workshop was chaired by Magali Eben (University of Glasgow) and included contributions by Matteo Frigeri (University of Glasgow), who introduced the CREATe project The Law and Economics of eLending in Europe, and Konrad Gliściński (Centrum Cyfrowe/Jagiellonian University) who discussed aspects of eLending in Europe. This was followed by a presentation by Rebecca Giblin who introduced the Untapped project.
In the second half of the workshop Jennie Rose Halperin (CEO, Library Futures) was in the chair. The audience heard from Kyle K Courtney (Harvard University) on his work on Internet Archive and Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), before Daniel Gilbert (Monash University) offered a provocation on, ‘eLending: Where are We Now?’
The workshop concluded with a performance in the ARC Atrium by Salon Orchester Glasgow, a 10-piece orchestra. Each piece performed had a unique copyright back-story. A particular highlight was ‘The Unanswered Question’ by Charles Ives, where the orchestra dispersed to different floors of the ARC with the strings representing, ‘The Silences of the Druids – Who Know, See and Hear Nothing’; the trumpet posing ‘The Perennial Question of Existence’, and the flute searching for ‘The Invisible Answer’.
This workshop kicked-off the excellent ICEPOPS annual conference which also took place at the ARC. ICEPOPS, an academic happening like no other, included: mass participation Rock, Paper, Scissors, a personal appearance by Mario Bros, in addition to discussions of numerous themes around copyright literacy. CREATe’s Amy Thomas delivered an excellent keynote ‘What Can Copyright Learn from Games?’ which playfully, but incisively, interrogated aspects of IP in the context of video games.
This workshop was the final instalment in the CREATe@10: Policy Futures Series at the ARC. “Can I really use it: Copyright exceptions for filmmakers” (which was postponed in February due to strike action) will now take place on 21 November at the historic Regent Cinema in Christchurch (near Bournemouth). Watch this space. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to this ambitious programme of events. And most of all, thanks to our very own Diane McGrattan and the CREATe PGR team who helped pull it all together.