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Design Council’s ‘Spark’ opens for 2017 applications.

Spark, UK’s leading UK product innovation support programme and fund from the Design Council, launches tomorrow (12 Sep 2017) for applications. Now in its fourth year, Spark provides design expertise to help shape business opportunities and develop product innovations through an intensive 16-week process, which gives access to specialists across business, IP, investment, and marketing; funding of £15,000 to develop the product, and the opportunity to pitch for a share of up to £200,000 further funding to fast-track the product to market. The programme offers a unique opportunity to connect with design industry experts to gain valuable knowledge and insights into all aspects of design, including product development, branding, manufacturing, marketing and business planning. For more details and to submit … Continue reading

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Reflections on CREATe’s first MOOC

Dr Sukhpreet Singh (Director of the MSc/LLM @CREATe) and Kerry Patterson (CREATe Community Manager) reflect on the initial run of CREATe’s MOOC. CREATe ran its first MOOC (massive open online course) this summer: ‘Music Copyright: Understanding UK Copyright Law When Working with Music.’ Introducing learners to key aspects of UK music copyright law, it was developed by CREATe academics, Dr Sukhpreet Singh, Dr Kris Erickson and Bartolomeo Meletti and ran from for 2 weeks from 10th to 26th July. The first run of the free course was aimed at musicians and current or aspiring music industry professionals. It covered key aspects of copyright law important to creators, producers, marketers and distributors of music. The course was also designed to be … Continue reading

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CREATe@TedX Glasgow 2017

CREATe research was on show to more than 1800 attendees of TedX Glasgow, held on Friday 2nd June 2017 at the SEC Armadillo. The theme of this year’s TEDx in Glasgow was ‘Lead or Follow’ with thought-provokers, inspirational speakers, thinkers and doers, from all over UK speaking about innovative ideas and disruptive actions. CREATe’s stand at the TedX, enthusiastically manned by Bartolomeo Meletti, Sukhpreet Singh and Kris Erickson, showcased two of CREATe’s innovative education offerings for users and executive workers in creative industries. This included (online resource aimed at making UK copyright law more accessible) and CREATe’s suite of creative industry focussed online Masters degree, diploma and certificate study programmes in ‘IP & Innovation’. Visitors to the CREATe stand … Continue reading

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CopyrightX Summit 2017

Dr Thomas Margoni (Director of the LLM Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy and Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property and Internet Law) reports on the 2017 CopyrightX Summit, held at Harvard Law School. The second CopyrightX Summit took place between 15th and 17th of May and was hosted by Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society in the beautiful Wasserstein Hall building of the Harvard Law School. During three full days of discussions and presentations, more than 30 CopyrightX teaching fellows from six continents (not Antarctica, yet!) had the occasion to interact in person and to exchange their experience of teaching the CopyrightX course. CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course created and supervised by HLS professor William Fisher and … Continue reading

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New Working Paper: Living With(in) Copyright Law

This study by Lee Edwards, Giles Moss and  Kristina Karvelyte from the University of Leeds aims to respond to a call in previous research for greater public deliberation about copyright policy. It is underpinned by the principle that copyright policy is a matter of public interest, and as such, should be a subject of public discussion and debate, so that the eventual implementation of copyright is one that attracts a general level of agreement among all affected parties. The research builds on an earlier project (Grant reference ESRC RES 062-23-3027) that examined the ways in which copyright was understood and evaluated by industry, activist groups and users. This work argued that users should be viewed as ‘sources of legitimate justifications … Continue reading

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EU Copyright Reform: quo vadis?

Press publishers, Internet platforms and Text-and-data-mining. Martin Kretschmer reports on the progress of the EU’s contested copyright reforms in the European Parliament and Council. Over the last months, many observers have tried to follow the progress of the EU copyright reform package that is now bogged down by close to 1,000 amendments from Members of the European Parliament to the proposed Copyright in the Digital Market Directive (COM(2016)593). This post tries to shed some light on what is going on behind the scene. (CREATe’s earlier contributions to the debate can be found here.)

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Copyright as Frame & Prison: Discussion

CREATe researchers Andrea Wallace and Ronan Deazley participated in the panel discussion ‘Copyright As Frame And Prison’ on 28 April at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Leicester. Complementing the exhibition No Copyright Infringement Intended, which includes work by Wallace and Deazley, the discussion explored the disruptive power of technological innovation on culture and copyright. A video recording of the panel discussion is now available on the CREATe Media YouTube Account.

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CREATe announced the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network (CIN) on 26 May 2017 at the Digital Catapult in London with an event exploring, Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme. The network aims to be a catalyst for industry-relevant research at the interface of law, technology, social science and the humanities.

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CREATe IP Summer Summit 2017 (26 – 30 June)

We are delighted to have launched the CREATe IP Summer Summit (CIPSS’17) at the University of Glasgow, jointly organized with the National Law University Delhi, India. The theme of this Summit was ‘Open Science and Open Culture’ with a special focus on development in the Global South. See full timetable. * CIPSS’17 counted as 20 hours of verifiable CPD for solicitors / lawyers in Scotland * Openness is an aspirational goal to build transparent and participative societies. Does this conflict with international IP policy that prescribes complex arrangements of exclusive property rights as part of the global free trade area? The 1994 WTO TRIPS agreement sets minimum standards of protection for copyright, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial designs and patents, restricting the … Continue reading

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Book now: Convergence or differentiation in IP protection strategies and business models? – The case of China

Date: 5 June  2017 (9:00 – 18:00) Location: University of Edinburgh Business School, room LT1A To book: Email project director Dr Xiaobai Shen ( ) This workshop presents findings from CREATe supported research into the role of digitization and copyright protection in the development of creative industries in contemporary China. In the USA and Europe, incumbent players in the creative industries have been strongly entrenched and struggled to hold on to old business models, while China has enjoyed a period of “letting a hundred flowers bloom”.

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