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CREATe are delighted to announce the publication of a new working paper by Christian Geib, PhD Candidate Humanities & Social Sciences, Law School, University of Strathclyde which explores copyright, database law and text mining in the European context.
CREATe researcher Kris Erickson has today published an article in the open access Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics. The article reviews literature from law and economics which defines the public domain in economic terms. This approach to the public domain has become common post-Gowers with the political turn toward evidence-based IP policymaking. Public interest justifications for a vibrant public domain have been shifted to the background while a focus on economic efficiency, innovation and growth have achieved prominence. Advocating for wider consideration of the public interest in defining the public domain, Erickson finds a range of justifications which may evade current economic approaches: ‘There are a range of public interest reasons for safeguarding and expanding a copyright public domain. It … Continue reading
On 16th March 2016, CREATe will host a public lecture by Dr. Rufus Pollock, titled ‘Making an Open Information Age: Power, freedom and inequality in an age of bits‘. Many in CREATe will be familiar with his trailblazing work on the economics of copyright and in particular, on calculating the size and value of the public domain. In addition to his academic research, Dr. Pollock is Founder and President of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit focused on promoting the sharing of information. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and remains an Associate of the Centre for Information and Intellectual Property Law at Cambridge. The event will take … Continue reading
Memory institutions across Europe hold millions of documents and works of art that they would like to make digitally available. But the cost of clearing copyright in each one presents costs that many institutions can’t overcome. CREATe researchers are involved in a new project to explore how crowdsourcing can help museums and archives search for rightsholders and clear permission to use these works. The project, titled ‘Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance’ (EnDOW) is led by Professor Maurizio Borghi at Bournemouth University. The research team consists of investigators from Bournemouth University (CIPPM), Bocconi University Milan (ASK), University of Glasgow (CREATe) and the University of Amsterdam (IViR). Taking lessons from two successful crowdsourcing initiatives in … Continue reading
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 delegates in attendance, it was an opportunity to have a view ‘behind the curtain’ of two major efforts to re-assess copyright in the previous half decade. One of these was the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, which led to publication of the ‘Digital Opportunity’ report in May 2011. The second was Julia Reda’s work as rapporteur of the European Parliament’s review of the 2001 EU Copyright Directive, which recently led to a draft report adopted by the European Parliament Plenary … Continue reading
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 of Glasgow. The audience included colleagues from across law, business, management, economics, art history, as well as IP students from the Law School’s LLM programme.
An article published this week in the Journal of Media Business Studies by authors Todd Green and CREATe research fellow Kris Erickson asks, ‘what happens when user contributions are solicited and used to produce interactive TV?’ The question is a thorny one for a number of reasons, not least because cultural and organisational conditions under which TV is made are often distant from professional legal conceptions of copyright. The authors argue that television production teams operate with at least four sometimes contradictory models of intellectual property in mind: legal, entrepreneurial, financial, and communitarian. Important copyright considerations abound. User contributions are most often solicited via third-party platforms such as facebook and twitter, which are governed by terms of service agreements. Further, … Continue reading
On 11th October 2013, CREATe sponsored a seminar on Research Perspectives on the Public Domain, co-chaired by LKAS Research Fellow, Dr. Kris Erickson and CREATe Director Professor Martin Kretschmer. A full transcript of the event is now available as a CREATe working paper. Slide presentations from the event can be downloaded below.
The event included brief lectures by six interdisciplinary scholars, both domestic and international, who made presentations regarding their research findings and addressed challenges related to intellectual property regulations as well as any impact on the public domain. By bringing together diverse, interdisciplinary research areas, the seminar aimed to better situate the body of knowledge and value of the public domain in current research. The goals of the discussion included: identifying opportunities for scholars to benefit from cross-disciplinary perspectives, leveraging these perspectives to narrow upon current disciplinary blind spots in humanities research regarding intellectual property regulation, and bringing socially important questions to the forefront via this interdisciplinary approach.