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Workshop: Releasing the transformative value of copyright collections: Legal and business model constraints


Keynote: Legal and business model constraints on releasing the transformative value of  collections?
Venue: Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre, 1445 Argyle St, Glasgow
Date: 10 November 2017
Time: 1400 – 1615
Social/ PR: @copyrightuser #createcin @copyrightcentre

Every copyright regime limits an owner’s rights by allowing certain uses of her work without the need for her permission. These permitted acts – or, exceptions to copyright – represent an attempt to strike a balance between the economic interests of the owner and use by others considered to be socially, culturally, politically or economically beneficial. Many exceptions relate specifically to the work of libraries, archives and museums. But, librarians, archivists and museum curators often play a crucial role in educating the public about copyright, about the importance of respecting copyright, and about the opportunity that copyright exceptions allow for use without the need for permission. As such, it is important to be familiar with exceptions that apply beyond one’s immediate institutional context – exceptions that enable others to engage in research, quotation, parody, reporting current events, and more. In this workshop we consider some of the problematic issues that underpin many of these general exceptions to copyright. For example: What constitutes ‘non-commercial’ use? How does the new exception for quotation differ from the long-standing exception for criticism and review? When has a work been ‘made available’ to the public? When is it reasonable to assume that an author has died more than 70 years ago or more? Which exceptions will always be available to users, regardless of the terms and conditions of any contract? In addition, the workshop provides an opportunity to become familiar with two innovative digital resources – Copyright User and the Copyright Cortex – that can help cultural heritage practitioners better understand copyright, as well as helping you to help others understand how and when copyright enables creative use without the need for clearing rights.

Speakers include:

  • Johanna Green, Lecturer in Book History and Digital Humanities, University of Glasgow
  • Lorna Hughes, Professor in Digital Humanities, University of Glasgow
  • Martin Kretschmer, Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of CREATe, University of Glasgow
  • Bartolomeo Meletti, Copyright Education Creative Director, CREATe University of Glasgow / British Film Institute
  • Kerry Patterson, Community Manager, CREATe University of Glasgow
  • Fred Saunderson, Intellectual Property Specialist, National Library of Scotland and Chair, Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA)
  • Victoria Stobo, Research Associate, CREATe University of Glasgow


14:00-14:30 – Registration / Tea & coffee

14:30-14:35 – Welcome, Fred Saunderson

14:35-14:55 – Keynote: Legal and business model constraints on transformative value of heritage collections, Lorna Hughes

14:55-15:10 – Open Images: A Medievalist’s Tale, Johanna Green

15:10-15:20– Digitising Morgan and the Annotator, Kerry Patterson

15:20-15:30 – Copyright Cortex, Victoria Stobo

15:30-15:50 – Copyright User, Bartolomeo Meletti

15:50-16:15 – Panel: Johanna Green, Lorna Hughes, Martin Kretschmer (Chair), Bartolomeo Meletti, Fred Saunderson, Kerry Patterson, Victoria Stobo