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CREATe March 2015 Suite of Events

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CREATe March 2015 Suite of Events

By 18 February 2015May 25th, 2021No Comments

In March 2015, CREATe is organizing a suite of events ranging from seminars on creativity, innovation, creative industry business models to copyright history. This resource page provides details on the events, the speakers, as well as, how to book spaces. For general enquiries, email us.

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5) Public Lecture: Copyright at Common Law in 1774 based on the recent article:

Professor Tomas Gomez-Arostegui, (Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon)

(chair: Dr Elena Cooper, CREATe, School of Law)

Thursday 26 March, 2015, 17:30 (for 18:00 start) – 19:30 Humanities Lecture Theatre, Main Building, University of Glasgow

Abstract (from Tomas’ paper): As we approach Congress’s upcoming reexamination of copyright law, participants are amassing ammunition for the battle to come over the proper scope of copyright. One item that both sides have turned to is the original purpose of copyright, as reflected in a pair of cases decided in Great Britain in the late 18th century—the birthplace of Anglo-American copyright. The salient issue is whether copyright was a natural or customary right, protected at common law, or a privilege created solely by statute. These differing viewpoints set the default basis of the right. Whereas the former suggests the principal purpose was to protect authors, the latter indicates that copyright should principally benefit the public.

The orthodox reading of these two cases is that copyright existed as a common-law right inherent in authors. In recent years, however, revisionist work has challenged that reading. Relying in part on the discrepancies of 18th-century law reporting, scholars have argued that the natural-rights and customary views were rejected. The modified account has made great strides and has nearly displaced the traditional interpretation. Using a unique body of historical research, this Article constitutes the first critical examination of the revision. Ultimately, it concludes that the revision is incorrect and that we must return to the orthodox view.

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Screenshot from 2015-02-18 14:32:066) Roundtable: What is the point of Copyright History?

(chair: Prof. Hector MacQueen, Edinburgh Law School)

Panel respondants:
Prof. Howard Abrams, (University of Detroit Mercy)
Prof. Lionel Bently, (University of Cambridge)
Prof. Oren Bracha, (University of Texas)
Prof. Mark Rose, (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Prof. Charlotte Waelde, (University of Exeter)

Copyright history has long been a subject of intense and contested enquiry. Historical narratives about the early development of copyright were first prominently mobilised in eighteenth century British legal discourse, during the so-called Battle of the Booksellers between Scottish and London publishers. The two landmark copyright decisions of that time – Millar v. Taylor (1769) and Donaldson v. Becket (1774) – continue to provoke debate today. The orthodox reading of Millar and Donaldson presents copyright as a natural proprietary right at common law inherent in authors. Revisionist accounts dispute that traditional analysis. These conflicting perspectives have, once again, become the subject of critical scrutiny with the publication of “Copyright at Common Law in 1774” by Prof Tomas Gomez-Arostegui. Taking Prof Gomez-Arostegui’s extraordinary work in this area as a point of departure, CREATe is organising an international symposium on 26th and 27th March 2015 to consider the interplay between copyright history and contemporary copyright policy. Is Donaldson still relevant?, and, if so, why? What justificatory goals are served by historical investigation?, and what might be learned from the history of the history of copyright? Does the study of copyright history still have any currency within an evidence-based policy context that is increasingly preoccupied with economic impact analysis? The Symposium is structured as a roundtable discussion on the implications of Tomas Gomez-Arostegui’s work.

Friday 27 March 2015, 10:00 -13:00, Yudowitz (Seminar Room 1),
Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

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7) Re-launch of Digital Archive:


Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)

Dr Stef van Gompel, (IViR, University of Amsterdam): Introducing the Dutch section

(chairs: Prof. Lionel Bently, Cambridge and Prof. Martin Kretschmer, CREATe)

Friday 27 March, 2015, 13:00-13:30, Yudowitz (Seminar Room 1),
Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

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1) Seminar: From Intellectual Property to Cultural Property: Radicalizing Cultural Heritage?

Professor Fiona Macmillan (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Wednesday 4 March 2015, 15:30, Melville room, Main Building, University of Glasgow.

Abstract: This seminar presentation is based on the argument that we need some device for protecting community rights in cultural production from the privatizing and commodifying effects of intellectual property.  In its search for such a device, the presentation will consider the limitations of the concept of cultural heritage contained in the suite of international conventions on the protection of culture and cultural heritage produced by UNESCO.  The presentation’s focus will (probably) be on the possibility of radicalizing, or even transforming, the concept of cultural heritage through an appeal to a concept of cultural property conceived not as a relation of ownership but rather as one of membership.  The presentation will argue that using the word property here, instead of heritage, makes the conflict between cultural property and intellectual property evident and unavoidable, both politically and legally.  Further, it allows us to think about whether property concepts themselves, so well-known to the law, can be used to produce a liberatory tool that can be fitted into or recognised by the law.

This event is organized by the School of Law, University of Glasgow, as part of the Law seminar series. Prof. Macmillan is presenting at the invitation of Prof. Emilios Christodoulidis.

If you wish to attend this seminar, please contact Dr Akbar Rasulov (School of Law).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2) Seminar: Reasoning with Business Models: Categories, Technologies and Resources

Professor Charles Baden-Fuller
(Cass Business School, City University)

(chair: Dr Sukhpreet Singh, CREATe, School of Law)

Abstract/ Event Flyer

Reasoning With Business Models: Categories, Technologies and Resources (PDF download, 73KB)

Tuesday 10 March 2015, 14:00-15:00, CREATe Hub (Room 404), 10 The Square, University of Glasgow

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3) Public Lecture: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Experiments on Creativity

Professor Christopher J. Buccafusco (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law)

(chair: Dr Kris Erickson, CREATe, School of Law)

Tuesday 10 March 2015 17:30 – 19:30, Humanities Lecture Theatre, Main Building, University of Glasgow

Abstract: Intellectual Property law is based on a series of predictions about how humans behave. IP law makes assumptions about what motivates people to create, how they value and transact over the things they make, and how subsequent creators will use existing works. Until recently, however, none of these assumptions have been supported by empirical testing. This lecture discusses a series of recent experiments that call into question many of IP’s fundamental assumptions and, thus, challenge important legal doctrines involving the role of incentives in IP law, the scope of IP rights, and the role of the fair use doctrine.

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2014.09.15-16.low_0144) CREATe Open Afternoon:  Posters, Exhibitions, PhD Presentations, meeting the CREATe team, LLM IP society & more

Thursday 26 March, 2015, 14:00-17:00, CREATe Hub, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow

Tentative programme here.

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