Two Calls for Papers from CIPPM: ISHTIP & Economics Workshop

Durdle Door in Dorset – inspiration for ISHTIP’s 2020 theme “Landmarks of Intellectual Property”. Image by Roman Grac from Pixabay

The 12th Annual Workshop of ISHTIP, 13-17 July 2020

The ISHTIP Call for Papers is open until Friday 17 January. The Workshop will be held in Bournemouth (UK) from 13 to 17 July 2020 and the theme is “Landmarks of Intellectual Property”:

[…] Proposals are invited to consider the different ways in which a place, a time, a personality, a case, or a particular year has become a landmark of IP. These might include challenging or questioning (the idea of) landmarks of IP; proposing new ones; or highlighting unsung ones, be they milestones, vantage points, beacons, breakthroughs, events, turning points, or anniversaries. Contributions may also critique dominant frameworks or theories, thus putting into perspective the significance of such turning points by highlighting the role of historical contingencies, discontinuities and cultural difference. […]

The call is also open to ‘non-traditional’ outputs, such as video essays, documentaries, pieces of performing arts etc. It will include a doctoral-student panel dedicated to the work of Martha Woodmansee. Continue reading

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CREATe Symposium 2019: Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright

This is part of a series of blogposts documenting the CREATe Symposium 2019. In this post, Amy Thomas reports on the “Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright” workshop which took place on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Dr Lee Edwards and Dr Giles Moss presenting initial results of the “Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright” project with participants at the CREATe Symposium 2019

Closing the symposium, Dr Lee Edwards (PI, LSE) and Dr Giles Moss (Co-I, University of Leeds) presented the initial findings of “Improving Deliberation, Improving Copyright”, an AHRC funded project focussed on developing a more effective consultation process for copyright policy issues.

Based on a series of dialogues with individual stakeholders, Lee and Giles used thematic analysis to identify a range of topics relevant to how consultation processes currently unfold. These included: overall perspectives of consultations; purposes of consultation; the context for consultation; current consultation processes; what works well in consultations; challenges to consultations; and areas for improvement to consultations. They discussed their preliminary findings and participants to the symposium workshop were also asked to reflect on the results based on their own experiences, and identify areas of priority, barriers and strategies for improving consultations. Continue reading

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Three new CREATe publications: on IP, the public domain and lobbying

From bottom to top: Contemporary Intellectual Property, The Innovation Society and Intellectual Property and 100 Jahre Copyright

Three recent book publications by members of CREATe are now available:

Marta Iljadica (Lecturer, CREATe) alongside Abbe Brown, Smita Kheria and Jane Cornwell have published Contemporary Intellectual Property (5th Edition), an accessible and engaging introduction to intellectual property law which was shortlisted for the IPKat Intellectual Property Law Book of the Year 2019. The book provides many new valuable additions for students, including issues relating to Brexit and the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.

Kris Erickson, Dinusha Mendis and Martin Kretschmer contributed a chapter on ‘An empirical approach to the Public Domain’ which is included in The Innovation Society and Intellectual Property (eds Josef Drexl and Anselm Kamperman Sanders). They argue that the public domain matters to society only when it is used, demonstrating this through an empirical study based in the UK. The chapter is also available here via SSRN.

Martin Kretschmer also contributed the chapter ‘Eine Lobby Geschichte: Reflexionen zur Entwicklung des Urheberrechts’ (‘A lobby story: reflections on the development of copyright’) to 100 Jahre Copyright (100 Years of Copyright) (eds Detlef Diederichsen and Lina Brion), which was launched in Berlin in November 2019. 100 Jahre Copyright examines the evolution of copyright since the emergence of the cultural industry and discusses various concepts used around the world to protect and promote artistic creativity. The chapter provides an institutional history of music copyright across Britain, Germany, France and the United States, and is also available here via SSRN.

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Report: Text and Data Mining, data ownership and open science

Guest post by Jiarong Zhang (PhD Candidate, CREATe).

The 2019 International Open Access Week (21 to 27 October 2019) was dedicated to the theme ‘Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge’. Within this important framework, OpenAIRE in collaboration with EOSC-Hub organised a week of webinars covering key issues such as cost transparency of Open Access publishing, Research Data Management,Open Science Policies, Plan S compliance for Open Access Journals and Inclusive Science. Under the “research data” theme,  Dr Thomas Margoni (CREATe’s co-director and senior lecturer in IP and Internet Law) gave a presentation on ‘Text and Data Mining, data ownership and open science.’

Thomas’ presentation is based on his seminal work on Open Science developed at CREATe through a number of research projects and initiatives including OpenAIRE and OpenMinTeD and the recent Information, (Research) Data and Open Science Workshop, organised within the 2019 CREATe Symposium. The main focus of the presentation concentrated on the question of whether, when and how is non personal data owned, and why does it matter for open science both from a copyright theory as well as from a copyright law perspective. Continue reading

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Vacancy: Digital Resources Assistant at CREATe

Expertise in Web development and Data visualisation?

CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre, based in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow, is offering flexible hourly paid work. The position would suit a PhD candidate, for example in computer science or information studies.


Digital Resources Assistant (casual/temporary)

This is an exciting opportunity to join CREATe, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre, based in the School of Law, University of Glasgow. We are looking for a Digital Resources Assistant to help maximise CREATe’s identity and impact across a range of digital resources, including:

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Report: Connecting CREATe’s Copyright History Research Strand to the 2019 Hamlyn Lectures

In this Blog, CREATe’s Dr Elena Cooper reports on The Hamlyn Lectures recently delivered by the eminent legal historian Professor Sir John Baker QC and connects the lecture’s theme of ‘inheritance’ from the past to CREATe’s record in copyright history.

More information about the Hamlyn Lectures 2019 is available here.

The Hamlyn Lectures – the UK annual public lecture series about law – require no introduction to a UK legal audience. Funded by a private trust, the lectures seek to further knowledge about law ‘among the Common People of the United Kingdom’ and each year, since 1949, have attracted a prominent speaker. This year’s lectures were delivered by the eminent legal historian Professor Sir John Baker QC, Downing Professor Emeritus of the Laws of England, University of Cambridge. Introduced by Lord Judge simply as ‘the oracle’ – someone who required no introduction and should simply speak – Professor Baker presented three lectures on legal history at the University of Cambridge, the University of Reading, and finally at Senate House, University of London. The trust proscribes that the lectures are to be about comparative law – usually thought to involve comparing the laws of different countries –  but Professor Baker extended that concept to include a UK ‘comparative historicist’ approach, comparing the system of law we have today, to that of past times, specifically, the Elizabethan era.

The first two lectures outlined the principal features of law during the reign of Elizabeth I (1533-1603). The reign of Elizabeth I fell within the ‘Age of Common Law’ – the development of basic principles of law attributed to natural reason – in contrast to the reign of the current monarch, Elizabeth II, which can be largely characterised as an ‘Age of Statute’ – where a vast body of legislation has been passed. In the final ‘comparative’ lecture, ‘The Elizabethan Inheritance’, Professor Baker drew these strands together, looking back from the present to the past. He noted some continuities, for instance in the appearance of court proceedings and role of debt collecting, between the reigns of the two Elizabeths. Also, some concepts, such as ‘human rights’, today are often assumed to be new, yet in fact have deep roots in common law legal history. Notwithstanding these continuities, the lecture outlined the huge changes since the reign of Elizabeth I, in the court system, substantive law and the nature of litigation, which Professor Baker analysed in terms of accessibility, efficiency and fairness. Continue reading

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Call for papers: EPIP2020 Conference

The European Policy for Intellectual Property association – EPIP – announces its 15th Annual Conference in Madrid, Spain, from 9 to 11 September 2020, hosted by the Institute of Public Goods and Policies at the   Spanish National Research Council, CSIC-IPP in Madrid, Spain.Scholars from all disciplines and practitioners interested in the economic, managerial, legal and political aspects of intellectual property (IP) are all encouraged to submit and/or to attend. All forms of IP are relevant, whether patents, copyrights, trademarks, plant breeding rights, geographical indications, design rights, trade secrets or others. Continue reading

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CREATe Symposium 2019: Information, (Research) Data and Open Science Workshop

This is part of a series of blogposts documenting the CREATe Symposium 2019. In this post, Methinee Suwannakit and Thomas Margoni report on the Information, (Research) Data and Open Science Workshop which took place on Thursday 10 October 2019.

Valerie McCutcheon discussing legal issues connected with research data management

The “Information, (research) data and open science” workshop was organised during the third and final day of the CREATe Symposium 2019, held at the School of Law (University of Glasgow). The workshop explored some of the most pressing issues related to ownership, access and reuse of data from an interdisciplinary perspective. The workshop chair, CREATe’s co-director Dr Thomas Margoni, opened the discussion by offering a high profile overview of the important role that data is increasingly playing in our society, which includes access to knowledge on an equal and non discriminatory basis, the “replicability crisis” suffered in many scientific areas, and the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms in private and public choices. These new policy and regulatory questions pose serious challenges to the legal system, which has the duty to find a balance between innovation and creativity on the one hand and the protection of investments and personal data on the other, while always ensuring that fundamental rights are properly accounted for.

The opening remarks were followed by a panel presentation and discussion that started with a brief but thorough overview of the regulatory framework and continued with two very insightful examples of how data and their (unclear?) legal status impact on science and society.

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Report: CREATe Public Lecture by Naysun Alae-Carew – Intellectual Property “terms of trade”: The challenges for entertainment businesses in the emerging platform economy

Report by Kenny Barr (Research Associate in School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow).

Naysun Alae-Carew, Managing Director of Blazing Griffin, presenting in the CREATe Public Lecture series 2019-2020

The latest in the CREATe public lecture series was delivered by Naysun Alae-Carew, Managing Director of Blazing Griffin, a digital entertainment company based in Glasgow. Employing around 40 staff, Blazing Griffin specialises in film and television production, game development and post production. 

This searching talk provided rich ‘insider’ insights into the realities of running a production company operating in three overlapping but distinct industries: television, film and games. The speaker reflected on the different characteristics of these sectors as he saw them. Television is a highly regulated oligopoly dominated by broadcasters where ‘terms of trade’ rules govern how deals between producers and these broadcaster buyers are structured. Film, while less regulated, is described by Naysun as a “bisected market” dominated by a handful of large studios and many more independent producers. By comparison, business model innovation in the nascent online games market continues to rapidly and fundamentally alter relationships between producers, publishers and platforms.  Continue reading

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CREATe Symposium 2019: Copyright Evidence Wiki and the Global Online Piracy Study

Joost Poort presenting at the CREATe Symposium 2019

This is part of a series of blogposts documenting the CREATe Symposium 2019. In this post, Amy Thomas reports on the public address and discussion led by Joost Poort on a new empirical study on Global online piracy, which took place on Wednesday 9 October 2019.

Day 2 of the CREATe Symposium 2019 began with a presentation by Joost Poort (Associate Professor, IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam) on the main findings of the multidisciplinary Global online piracy study, followed by a reflection on the Copyright Evidence Wiki from the perspective of this study.

Joost’s study (together with João Pedro Quintais) provides a comprehensive overview of the state of online piracy, including piracy rates, motivations and its impact on consumption from legal sources. It also considers the effectiveness of enforcement measures through comparative legal research across 13 countries and includes a consumer survey with over 35 thousand respondents (incl. over 7,000 minors). Many of the findings are supported and confirmed by the studies on the Copyright Evidence Wiki (see in particular the 395 studies catalogued on “Enforcement” issues). Continue reading

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