Author Archives: Bartolomeo Meletti

Report: CREATe Public Lecture by Dr. Claudy Op den Kamp – A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects (book)

Report by Daniel Pinheiro Astone In the first of CREATe’s Autumn 2018 Public Lectures, Dr. Claudy Op den Kamp (Bournemouth University) presented her upcoming book, A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects, co-edited with Professor Dan Hunter (Swinburne University of Technology). As Dr. Op den Kamp discussed, the book offers a jargon-free approach to IP by bringing together contributions from a multitude of academic fields. It is “an academic publication mixed with a coffee table book”, offering generous art-work and a range of stories from as early as the 12th century. The lecture took place on the 24th of October in Glasgow University’s Humanities Lecture Theatre, with Bartolomeo Meletti (CREATe, University of Glasgow) as chair. After several roundtable events, … Continue reading

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New Working Paper: IP & Collaborative Agreements in the Creative Industries

A new CREATe Working Paper is being released today: IP & Collaborative Agreements in the Creative Industries. This is a CREATe report [by Martin Kretschmer, Bartolomeo Meletti & Sukhpreet Singh] released on the occasion of the launch of the AHRC’s Creative Industries Clusters R&D Programme 2018. Executive Summary The AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Programme (CICP) is a radical departure from traditional research funding. Research is understood in the context of R&D collaborations that are conceived to lead to new products and services, and ultimately to increased productivity and economic growth. These are ambitious, perhaps unprecedented goals for arts and humanities funding. The experimental nature of creative R&D collaborations between Universities and industry, the subject matter of this report, requires new and innovative … Continue reading

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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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Report on the EnDOW Final Conference

The results of the European project EnDOW: Enhancing access to 20thCentury cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance were presented at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante on 15th May 2018. The EnDOW project – funded under Heritage Plus – has now come to an end after three years of successful research cooperation among four leading European research centres: CIPPM, Bournemouth University (Project Leader); CREATe, University of Glasgow; IViR, University of Amsterdam; and ASK, Bocconi University, Milan. The main goal of EnDOW was to facilitate the process of right clearance for European cultural institutions engaged in digitisation of material contained in their collections. In particular, the project developed a platform – http://diligentsearch.eu/diligent-search-tool/ – to help cultural institutions digitise and … Continue reading

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The Adventure of The Missing Note: The Game is On at the Icepops conference

Icepops 2018 – the International Copyright-literacy Event with Playful Opportunities for Practitioners and Scholars – took place on Tuesday 3rd April at the University of Liverpool. The conference was conceived and co-chaired by Chris Morrison and Dr Jane Secker, and co-sponsored by CLA, Learning on Screen, CREATe, IPAN, EBLIDA, UK Copyright Literacy and the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The event brought together practitioners and scholars from all over the world, including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Hungary. The opening keynote by Professor Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) – titled When the Copyright Fun Stops, Stop! – highlighted the importance of educating about copyright by doing and documenting, by embedding copyright use in practice. He provided … Continue reading

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The Adventure of the Forger’s Apprentice

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are being interrogated about the details of their latest case! A film star is missing, and the stuntman is the number one suspect. But who is the mysterious interviewer and why is she so interested in the case of the Forger’s Apprentice? The plot thickens … and The Game is On! The third episode of the The Game is On! series – The Adventure of the Forger’s Apprentice – was released on 6th October 2017. Produced by Prof. Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) and Bartolomeo Meletti (CREATe, University of Glasgow) as part of the AHRC Follow-on Funding project – Unlocking co-creative possibilities – the short film and its Case Files address some of the many … Continue reading

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New resource on Music Plagiarism & Copyright

On 3rd October 2017, academics at Westminster Law School are launching Lost in Music, a free, open access resource to help artists, students, professionals and interested parties navigate their way through the maze of music business law. In its launch phase, Lost in Music focuses on demystifying music plagiarism and providing a vehicle for people to understand more fully the basics of music copyright infringement. However, the wider aim of Lost in Music is to increase understanding of a variety of issues within the music industry, such as contracts, band names and trademarks, sampling and digital income streams. Funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust and developed by a team of academics and musicians, Lost in Music brings to life much of the research on music … Continue reading

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Exploring Copy Ethics with CopyrightUser.org

On 13th July 2017, I presented some of the short films produced for CopyrightUser.org at the international conference Copy Ethics: Theory and Practice, held at ZiF – the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research at Bielefeld University. The conference was part of the project ‘The Ethics of Copying’, led by Reinold Schmücker (Westf. Wilhelms-Universität, Münster), Thomas Dreier (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Karlsruhe), Pavel Zahrádka (Univerzity Palackého v Olomouci, Olomouc) and Eberhard Ortland (Universität Bielefeld, Bielefeld). The research group is a collaboration between legal scholars, philosophers and scholars from art history, art sciences, book studies, comparative literature, German literature, media studies, popular music and sociology. Its overarching aim is to develop proposals balancing the interests of those affected by copying practices, which might … Continue reading

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CopyrightUser.org at the Creative Lenses Forum in London

On 13 October 2016, CREATe producer Bartolomeo Meletti presented CopyrightUser.org at the Creative Lenses Forum at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London, which brought together thinkers and managers from arts and cultural organisations, business and academia to explore business model innovation in independent arts venues and performing arts organisations. The event was the first of a series of eight Fora of Creative Lenses, a four-year European action research project that seeks to make arts and cultural organisations more resilient and sustainable by improving their business models and developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities.

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Chronicling Collaboration: CREATe, CopyrightUser.org and the Digital Catapult

bart-melettiFrequent CREATe Collaborator Bartolomeo Meletti describes his recent efforts supporting partnership between three key contributors to the development of the digital creative economy.


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CREATe and the Digital Catapult have entered a partnership to develop a set of copyright information tools that are responsive to the needs of primary creators and creative businesses in the digital world. As lead producer of CopyrightUser.org (a widely used online copyright portal, which attracted over 40,000 users since its launch in March 2014), I am being seconded from CREATe to the Digital Catapult Centre in Euston Road, London. In partnership with the Digital Catapult, we are producing events with creative groups (such as photographers, musicians and the archive sector) and developing new sectoral copyright guidance, including several video assets.

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