On 12th November 2015, the animated film The Adventure of the Girl with the Light Blue Hair by Professor Ronan Deazley and CREATe researcher Bartolomeo Meletti won the AHRC Award for Innovation in Film.
The panel of judges – consisting of industry and academic experts such as film director Beeban Kidron, Financial Times Arts Editor Jan Dalley, and actor and producer Diana Quick – described the film as “a well-constructed, quality animation addressing issues of creativity, IP and copyright for schools and undergraduates: lively, engaging, witty (à la Sherlock Holmes mode), informative and educating at the same time.”
Frequent CREATe Collaborator Bartolomeo Meletti describes his recent efforts supporting partnership between three key contributors to the development of the digital creative economy.
CREATe and the Digital Catapult have entered a partnership to develop a set of copyright information tools that are responsive to the needs of primary creators and creative businesses in the digital world. As lead producer of CopyrightUser.org (a widely used online copyright portal, which attracted over 40,000 users since its launch in March 2014), I am being seconded from CREATe to the Digital Catapult Centre in Euston Road, London. In partnership with the Digital Catapult, we are producing events with creative groups (such as photographers, musicians and the archive sector) and developing new sectoral copyright guidance, including several video assets.
Kerry Patterson, Project Officer for CREATe’s Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks project describes some approaches and challenges in her efforts to carry out diligent search for thousands of images with little original context.
The enormous visual appeal of the poet Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks is countered by a large complication for the copyright researcher. Morgan rarely gives a source for the images he uses, meaning that the 16 scrapbook volumes contain tens of thousands of images with no note of their original context. For the researcher performing a diligent search as part of a mass digitisation project, the difficulty is this; without any supporting information for an image, what resources can be used to carry out a diligent search? Do the IPO’s Diligent Search guidelines offer assistance?
Kerry Patterson, Project Officer for CREATe’s Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks introduces her work to explore the extent to which EU and UK copyright policy impacts the digitisation of unique and distinctive artistic collections, such as the Morgan scrapbooks, as well as the costs associated with rights clearance.
Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks is a project led by CREATe in conjunction with Glasgow University’s Special Collections Department. Within the Archive of the poet Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) held at the University, are sixteen scrapbooks. These date from 1931 to 1966 and were used by Morgan as an outlet for his creative expression before poetry became his primary focus. Within the scrapbooks are around 3,600 pages in total, with material from a diverse range of sources; contemporary and historical newspapers, books and periodicals, photographs, stamps, advertisements, flyers, cigarette cards and other everyday items.
Post by Bartolomeo Meletti, Lead Producer of CopyrightUser.org [a co-production between CREATe, University of Glasgow and Bournemouth University]
On Friday 10 October 2014, Mike Weatherley MP stood down from his role as Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister. On the same day he published the third and final report produced in his capacity as IP adviser: Copyright Education and Awareness. Following two copyright papers called Search engines and Piracy and ‘Follow the Money’, Mike Weatherley’s latest contribution considers copyright education and awareness activities in the UK. It also offers a number of recommendations with the goal of achieving “[g]reater coherence and coordination between industry, Government, academia and all other relevant stakeholders to deliver an effective positive message about the importance of IP to all our benefits”. Several recommendations explicitly address CREATe and in particular the project CopyrightUser.org.
Last Wednesday (12th of March) the Arts and Humanities Research Council assembled over 500 policy-makers, creative industry business leaders, knowledge exchange practitioners, University research directors and senior funding council partners for its Creative Economy Showcase. The event, held in the fabulous setting of London’s Kings Gate Conference Centre, was intended to highlight the outcomes and innovations from AHRC’s activities in this area, providing opportunities to debate and influence current top level thinking in the sector, and to facilitate networking.
CREATe was of course delighted to contribute – a critical part of its ambitions is to effect real change within those parts of industry, policy and culture that collectively comprise this Creative Economy. CREATe’s participation in the showcase provided a fantastic opportunity to share information on its accomplishments, both completed and forthcoming, and to catalyse its engagement with these key sectors.