Author Archives: Kristofer Erickson

Invitation to Discuss Copyright Reform: The Implications One Year On

Join us in Bournemouth on 12th November 2015 to consider the implications of changes to UK copyright made one year ago in the wake of the Hargreaves Review. This ESRC Festival of Social Science event is organised by Professor Maurizio … Continue reading

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CREATe Project Shortlisted for AHRC Research in Film Award

An animated short film by Professor Ronan Deazley and CREATe researcher Bartolomeo Meletti, The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair is a finalist for the 2015 AHRC Research in Film Award, in the category of ‘Innovation in … Continue reading

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Ian Hargreaves and Julia Reda on Copyright Reform: Can Incremental Progress Achieve Results?

One the of the highlights of the recent EPIP 2015 conference in Glasgow was an opening keynote discussion by Professor Ian Hargreaves (Cardiff University) and MEP Julia Reda (Greens/EFA Group/Pirate Party), on the subject of copyright reform. For the 200 … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: Regulating the ‘Sharing Economy’

A new call for papers for an upcoming special issue of Internet Policy Review explores challenges facing regulators of the ‘sharing economy’ in Europe. The sharing economy concept, now with us for over a decade, refers to the digital enablement … Continue reading

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Professor Chris Buccafusco Public Lecture: Experiments on Creativity

On Tuesday 10 March, visiting scholar Christopher Buccafusco (IIT Chicago-Kent) delivered a public lecture as part of CREATe’s March line-up of events. His highly stimulating and compelling presentation took place in the suitably arranged Humanities Lecture Theatre at the University … Continue reading

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CREATe All Hands: Where have we been and what next?

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A lively crowd gathered at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow for the CREATe All Hands meeting.

The closing session at the CREATe All Hands event underlined two distinct areas where CREATe activities can have a major impact. First, talks by Dominic Young (Copyright Hub), Kieron O’Hara (University of Southampton) and Joe Karaganis (American Assembly, Columbia University) identified areas where cutting-edge empirical research can address pressing economic and social questions. Second, presentations by Jeanette Hofmann (Social Science Research Center, Berlin) and Philip Schlesinger (CCPR, University of Glasgow) highlighted the way in which CREATe can break new ground in terms of our relationship with society, industry and academia. Addressing both of these objectives is a heavy responsibility to bear, but at the same time these challenges represent exciting opportunities for CREATe. Are we up to the task of not only innovating new research programmes to question received wisdom and policy, but also forging new identities in the difficult space between scientific objectivity and political engagement?

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Trans- Inter- and Cross- Disciplinarity at the 9th EPIP Conference, Brussels

What do we mean when we speak about interdisciplinarity? For a research centre situated at the cross currents of law, technology, economics and cultural studies, the question is not trivial. This year’s conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property … Continue reading

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Last Weekend to See British Folk Art at Tate Britain

Last month I had the opportunity to visit the British Folk Art exhibition at the Tate Britain in London, which runs until 31st August. This small but carefully-curated show will likely be of interest to copyright researchers and those interested … Continue reading

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ISP web-blocking in Europe: a delicate balancing act

CREATe PhD researcher Megan Blakely has published a short piece on this spring’s ECJ decision on injunctions against internet intermediaries. She writes, “On 27 March 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) clarified that an internet service provider (ISP) is … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of feminist legal theory?

Post by Sheona Mary Lockhart Burrow (PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow)

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Themed refreshments were provided in the form of fairy cakes featuring Mary Wollstonecraft

The CREATe Studio reading group met again on Thursday 20th March. The topic of discussion was feminist theory in IP law. There is a small but growing literature on feminist theories of IP and the paper for discussion raised a number of interesting questions about how to carry out empirical research from the perspective of feminist legal theory.

Ronan Deazley voiced concerns about the difficulties of carrying out multidisciplinary research in this field without a proper understanding of both the relevant IP law and jurisdictional implications. Researchers engaging in this type of research need to familiarise themselves with both the relevant case law and statutes, as well as relevant critical and feminist legal theories. For example, without a proper grasp of how copyright law treats joint and multiple authors, it is difficult to properly understand how feminist theories about authorship may relate to copyright. Fortunately for those working within CREATe, access to legal specialists should not be a barrier.

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