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Why the incoming EU copyright law will undermine the free internet – An opinion by Dr Thomas Margoni, published in The Conversation

The European Union’s proposed reform of copyright law has reached a critical stage as the one of its key legislative measures approaches its European Parliament vote of approval. The first major update to copyright legislation in almost 20 years, the intention of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is to modernise and make it fit for the digital age. But some very problematic provisions have entered the draft text and been recently approved by the European parliamentary legal affairs committee. Which means that the current proposal, with all its problems, has a good chance of becoming law very soon, depending on the final plenary European Parliament vote on July 5. This is something you should care about There are many aspects to the … 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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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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Report: Dataset Licensing Workshop – ‘Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right’

Post by Ally Farnhill, CREATe PhD Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant. The recent Dataset Licensing workshop “Choose the Right Rights, Use the Data Right,” took place on Friday 6 April 2018 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow. The event saw professionals from a variety of backgrounds come together to discuss the crucial and complex area of research data licensing, with a focus on Open Access. The Dataset Licensing project is the result of a collaboration between CREATe, the Research Information Management team at the University of Glasgow, and JISC. The project aims to identify specific issues around the licensing of datasets, including the current move towards increasingly Open Access resources, and to facilitate deeper understanding and greater confidence in dealing with … Continue reading

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Open Letter: The EU Copyright Directive is failing

Academics from 25 leading Intellectual Property research centres in Europe have published an open letter, expressing grave concerns at the legislative direction of the proposed copyright directive. After a balanced draft report by the European Parliament’s Rapporteur Therese Comodini (Comodini Report, issued on 10 March 2017 [LINK]), recent texts coming from the new Rapporteur Axel Voss [LINK] and the Bulgarian Presidency [LINK] of the Council of the European Union appear to be sliding towards a compromise that fails the aims of the Directive to improve choice, access and fairness in the digital environment. There is scientific consensus –      that the proposed exception for text-and-data-mining in Art. 3 will not achieve its goal to stimulate innovation and research if restricted to … Continue reading

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New Copyright Guidance for Museums & Galleries + Copyright Awareness Hour Announcement

Copyright specialist and CREATe Industry Fellow Naomi Korn marks World IP Day with the launch of new Copyright Guidance for Museums & Galleries, and announces an upcoming Copyright Awareness Hour. Museums are creators and commissioners of copyright works, consumers of content created by others, and custodians of collections in which they may or may not own the rights. How they subsequently identify, clear, manage and use these rights is an operational issue with potential high resource issues. If they choose to build business models on these rights, provide access and allow reuse, the way that they incorporate those rights within long term planning will ultimately impact upon strategic objectives. In particular, how organisations achieve the appropriate balance between charging and/or … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Oral Histories & Intellectual Property

For the Research Blog Series, Jose Bellido presents an oral history project collecting interviews with retired barristers, solicitors, civil servants, activists and academics, involved with intellectual property law. Project: Intellectual Property: Oral Histories Investigators: Jose Bellido (University of Kent) and Lionel Bently (Cambridge University) What did your research aim to do? – Document, archive, and transcribe more than fifty interviews with retired barristers, solicitors, civil servants, activists and academics. – Collect, reproduce and publish a number of unpublished material such as photographs of barristers, solicitors and intellectual property offices, sketches in court and syllabi of the first university courses on intellectual property in Britain. – Write blurbs and produce biographical/historiographical data to introduce the interviews and the material collected.

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Research Blog Series: Copyright History & Policy

Elena Cooper discusses her research in the area of Copyright History and Policy, for the Research Blog Series. Copyright, History and Policy evidences the diversity of research at CREATe. Led by Elena Cooper, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, the project explored the relevance of a study of the past, to copyright debates today. What is the Point of Copyright History?, a CREATe Working Paper (2016/04) edited by Elena Cooper and Ronan Deazley, considers the interplay between copyright policy today and historical research. It provides a record of the discussions at a two-day Copyright History Symposium held at the University of Glasgow in March 2015, comprising a public lecture delivered by copyright historian Tomas Gomez-Arostegui and a roundtable … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: Human rights and the public interest

In the first post on the theme of Public Interest, Daithí Mac Síthigh presents research into freedom of expression and other human rights in the context of copyright, for our Research Blog Series. Project: Human rights and the public interest Investigators: Emily Laidlaw (East Anglia, now Calgary), Daithí Mac Síthigh (Edinburgh, then Newcastle, now QUB) and Yin Harn Lee (East Anglia and Cambridge, now Sheffield) (RA) What did your research aim to do? We aimed to identify what freedom of expression means in the context of copyright, and how this informs the understanding of other human rights in the context of copyright. A particular concern was how issues of speech, expression and communication have been treated over time, in different jurisdictions, and in relation to varying … Continue reading

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Research Blog Series: IP Infrastructure project

Robin Williams reports on University of Edinburgh research into the emergence of infrastructures for managing and potentially trading IP for cultural products, for the Research Blog Series. Project: IP Infrastructure project Investigators: PIs were Gian Marco Campagnolo and Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh. The researcher was Hung The Nguyen, University of Edinburgh What did your research aim to do? Over the last decade, the UK government has made a number of recommendations to re-evaluate its current Intellectual Property (IP) framework, the last of which led to the creation of a Copyright Hub. This was the major case in this study of the emergence of infrastructures for managing and potentially trading IP for cultural products. We examined the emergence of the Copyright Hub in relation … Continue reading

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