Screening of ‘Cadillac Records’

IP Society is back! We’re glad to invite you to our movie night on Wednesday, April 29 at 20.00 at the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club. The movie is ‘Cadillac Records’ starring Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright and Beyonce.

You can watch the trailer here:

‘Cadillac Records’ is a 2008 musical biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess, and a few of the musicians who recorded for Chess Records.

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 20.00

Venue: The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club


Screening of ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’

We are glad to invite you to our Movie Night on Thursday, March 12 at 7 o’clock at the Gilchrist Postgraduate Club. ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ will be shown.

The movie is about Banksy, the notorious graffiti artist whose works can be seen all over the world. The artist prefers to be anonymous in order to avoid prosecution. An eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. Includes footage of Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work, on walls and in interview. As Banksy describes it, “It’s basically the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed.” (Source – Paranoid Pictures)

Date: Thursday, March 12

Time: 7.00 p.m.

Venue: The Gilchrist Postgraduate Club



CREATe March 2015 Events

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We are most happy to inform you about a series of events hosted by the CREATe which will give you the perfect opportunity not only to get to know the Centre’s work but also to join several seminars with well-known experts. Make the most of your studies and broaden not only your professional but also your personal horizon by taking part in these events on innovation, creativity and Copyright history! You can find a one-page overview of the events here.

Please note that all events are free – but please register here (at the bottom of the page).


4 March, 3.30pm: From Intellectual Property to Cultural Property: Radicalizing Cultural Heritage?Professor Fiona Macmillan

The first event, part of the Law research Seminar series of the School of Law, is held by Professor Macmillan from the Birkbeck University of London. You can read more about her work here.
Professor Macmillan will critically assess the concept of cultural heritage as understood by UNESCO and discuss possible changes of said concept. You can read more about the seminar’s topic here.

Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 3.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Main Building, Melville Room (enter the university through the south front – the room is located in the Gilbert Scott Building, beside the Bute Hall)
Registration: Please contact Dr. Rasulov (


10 March, 2.00-3.00pm: Reasoning with Business Models: Categories, Technologies and ResourcesProfessor Charles Baden-Fuller

The next seminar will be held by Professor Charles Baden-Fuller from the Cass Business School, University of London. You can read more about Prof. Baden-Fuller and his work here.
Professor Baden-Fuller will talk about categorisation of Business Models and therefore his current research on how Business Models can be improved and applied in a digital environment. You can read more about the topic here.

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 2.00-3.00pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, 10 The Square, CREATe Hub (Room 404)
Registration: please register here


10 March, 5.30-7.30pm: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Experiments on CreativityProfessor Christopher J. Buccafusco

Professor Christopher Buccafusco from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law (read more about Prof. Buccafusco here) will discuss recent experimental attempts to assess certain assumptions in Copyright (Why do people create? Why do artists use other works?) and the results of these findings for legal doctrines.

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015, 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Main Building, Humanities Lecture Theatre
Registration: please register here


26 March, 2.00-5.00pm: CREATe Open AfternoonPosters, Exhibitions, PhD Presentations, meeting the CREATe team, LLM IP society & more

The Open Afternoon in the offices of the CREATe will give you the possibility to learn more about previous and recent researches, PhD works as well as to get to know the CREATe team and – in case you haven’t had the chance yet – us, the IP Society!

Date: Thursday, 26 March, 2.00-5.00pm
Venue: Venue: University of Glasgow, 10 The Square, CREATe Hub
Registration: Simply turn up!


26 March, 5.30-7.30pm: SYMPOSIUM: COPYRIGHT HISTORY & POLICY – Copyright at Common Law in 1774 (public lecture) – Professor Tomas Gomez-Arostegui

Professor Tomas Gomez-Arostegui from the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland (read more about his work here) will give a public lecture on the historical interpretation of Anglo-American Copyright, how this has been challenged recently and which impact those understandings have on today’s reexaminations of Copyright Law. The lecture is based on Professor Gomez-Arostegui’s paper “Copyright at Common Law in 1774″ which can be downloaded here.

Date: Thursday, 26 March, 5.30-7.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Main Building, Humanities Lecture Theatre
Registration: please register here


27 March, 10.00am-1.00pm: SYMPOSIUM: COPYRIGHT HISTORY & POLICY – What is the point of Copyright History? (roundtable)

Following Professor Hector MacQueen’s Copyright history talk in February this roundtable will give you the next insights in the fascinating topic of Coypright’s past. Professor Hector MacQueen (Edinburgh Law School) will discuss with Professor Howard Abrams (University of Detroit), Professor Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge), Professor Oren Bracha (University of Texas at Austin), Professor Mark Rose (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Charlotte Waelde (University of Exeter) about Professor Gomez-Arostegui’s paper and the impacts of Copyright history on contemporary policies.

Date: Friday, 27 March, 10.00am-1.00pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical School Building, Yudowitz Seminar Room 1
Registration: please register here


27 March, 1.00-1.30pm: Re-launch of Digital Archive: Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900)Dr Stef van Gompel

Dr. Stef van Gompel from the University of Amsterdam (learn more about his work here) will introduce the Dutch section of Primary Sources on Copyright, a digital archive.

Date: Friday, 27 March, 1.00-1.30pm
Venue: University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical Building, Yudowitz Seminar Room 1
Registration: please register here

CREATe Reading Group

We are happy to announce that the CREATe opens its reading group for students of the LL.M.-programme. If you always wanted to get to know the CREATe better and are curious about the incoming March events then do not miss the CREATe Studio reading group on Thursday, 5 March from 4.30 to 6pm!

The following two papers will be discussed on Thursday:

Paper 1: Victoria introduces “Dead Poets’ Property – How does Copyright Influence Price?” by Li, MacGarvie, Moser

Paper 2: Andrea introduces ”The Wrath of Robert Rauschenberg” by Merryman


The reading group takes places at CREATe hub, room 404. Please let us know if you are planning to attend - mail to .


date: Thursday, 5 March – 4.30-6pm

venue: CREATe hub, room 404, 10 The Square, University of Glasgow


Screening of “Midnight in Paris”

Please join us for the screening of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” (2011) on Thursday, February 26 at 7.00 p.m.!

The movie is not only a cinematic tribute to the city of Paris but also a nostalgic memory of the artistic community throughout the past decades. However, it is not less interesting to watch the movie under a legal perception – from the movie poster displaying Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to the lawsuit brought by the estate of William Faulkner against the production company. The estate claimed that the line of the movie’s main character “The past is not dead! Actually, it’s not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party.” infringes Faulkner’s copyright in the expression “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” from his book “Requiem for a Non”.

Screening: Thursday, February 26, 7.00 p.m.
Venue: University of Glasgow, Hetherington Building, Room 129
Subsequent to the screening there will be an opportunity to discuss potential legal the group.


Screening of “The Artist”

Please join us for the screening of Michel Hazanavicius’ movie “The Artist” on Wednesday, the 11th of February at 7.00 p.m.! The screening is a follow-up to the showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” in Semester 1.

The re-use of part of the musical score from “Vertigo” in this Oscar-winning recent film raised the question of whether to accept this as a homage or object to it as an infringement of the artists’ moral rights in the original film. You can read a blog post by Mira Sundara Rajan on this issue here.

Screening: Wednesday, 11th of February, 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Gilchrist Club, Seminar Room

The screening will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the Moral Rights controversy with Prof Sundara Rajan and the group.

Event: Copyright History talk by Prof. Hector MacQueen (NEW DATE)

Please note: The talk will take place on Tuesday, 10th of February. The venue remains the same and please join us for the social gathering after the lecture.

We are happy to announce an event organised by Professor Mira Sundara Rajan on Tuesday, 10th of February. Professor Hector MacQueen will be visiting the “Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy” LL.M. and give a talk about Copyright history. Professor of Private Law at Edinburgh University, he is currently appointed to his second term as a Scottish Law Commissioner. He also serves as a member of the Programme Advisory Council for the CREATe research centre (you may view Professor MacQueen’s biography here). Please note that the CREATe will be hosting a conference on copyright history with leading scholars in this field, at the end of March (more information will follow soon). Therefore Professor MacQueen’s lecture will be an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with this fascinating and challenging subject-matter, and delve into the murky past of copyright law!

The talk will be held from 1pm to 3pm in Room 204 of the Sir Alexander Stone Building.


Please join us also for a social gathering at The left bank after the talk!

And finally a short note on behalf of the IP Society – we, the current board members, want to thank the founders and first members of the society for their initiative and work. We are looking forward to inspiring and enriching months!

You are invited…Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop: The History of Music Property

Image courtesy of Musical Instruments Museum at the University of Edinburgh.

Image courtesy of Musical Instruments Museum at the University of Edinburgh.

16th of June 2014, 1.30pm – 8pm / The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Dr. Chen Wei Zhu cordially invites all those who are interested to a Royal Society of Edinburgh Workshop on the History of Music Property, which is to take place at the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Humanities (IASH) in Edinburgh on Monday, 16 June:

The workshop will be followed by a live concert in the evening at St. Cecilia Hall. An 18-century harpsichord made by Robert Faulkener will  be used for this particular workshop concert (and the harpsichord itself was subject to The Left Banka “passing off” dispute in the 1770s).

…A very special event for all those interested in music and copyright!



Event: Music Production in the Digital Age: Reflections, Practices, Piracy

30th of May 2014, 3pm – 5pm / Gloag lecture theatre

We are proud to announce this extraordinary event organised by Professor Mira Sundara Rajan and the CREATe Centre at Glasgow University Law School. On the 30th of May, renowned record producer and recording engineer specialised in Classical music, Professor Martha de Francisco, will give a seminar entitled “Music Production in the Digital Age: Reflections, Practices, Piracy.”

Martha notes:

“A massive expansion of technology has taken place in the last decades. Like so many aspects of our contemporary world, music recording and production have been taken by storm by the digital revolution. Advanced technologies and alternative distribution models are shaping a new world of music capture and enjoyment.

This seminar aims to present an overview of the current state of music production in the Digital Age. A broad range of topics will be touched upon, including discussions of varying production techniques for music recording, reflections on sound quality and new distribution avenues, considerations of digital production tools and practices for musicians, engineers, and producers, the role of audio engineers in aiding forensic investigators to explore and analyze cases of suspected music piracy, and, finally, the important question of changing revenue models in the recording industry. Case studies will be presented, with music examples, illustrative images and unequivocal charts.”

Martha de Francisco is a record producer and recording engineer specializing in Classical music. She is a professor of Sound Recording at McGill University in Montreal, a frequent lecturer at international audio conferences and a regular judge of student recording competitions.


An internationally acknowledged leader in the field of sound recording and record production, she has over 30 years of experience in the production of high-quality recordings and a unique international career as record producer of some of the most prominent artists of our time, including Alfred Brendel, Jessye Norman, Simon Rattle, the orchestras of Vienna and Philadelphia, and the Bayreuth Festival.

A graduate of the renowned Tonmeister program at the Musikhochschule Detmold, Germany, Martha was one of the pioneers of digital recording and editing in Europe during the 1980s. On staff as producer/engineer/editor with Philips Classics, she developed long lasting working relationships with many distinguished artists.

Martha de Francisco is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, CIRMMT. Her current research interests include music recording with virtual acoustics, studies on critical listening and the aesthetics of recorded music.

IP students and everyone interested in contemporary music production are warmly invited to attend, and to bring questions and comments for discussion with Martha and the group.

The seminar will be followed by a social gathering at The Left Bank, which will take place immediately after the event. Please note that the IP Society will also host a pre-event about ‘Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings’ on the 28th of May.


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Event: Screening of the independent film Timelock and Q&A with producer Dr. Inge Sorensen and director David Griffith

29th of May 2014, 8pm – 10pm / Williams Room

We are happy to announce another event organised by Professor Mira Sundara Rajan as part of the ‘IP in Music and Film Week’. On thursday there will be a screening of the indendent film produced by Dr. Inge Sorensen, Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Research Fellow in Digital Economy & Culture at the Centre for Cultural Policy, and directed by David Griffith; music by RM Hubbert, who won the SAYAwards (Scottish Album of the year) last year.

The film is described as –

20140527-185902-68342409.jpg“an aesthetically innovative, Tartan-noir thriller about a safe that doesn’t open, a robbery gone wrong, and lives going off the tracks. Written and directed by David Griffith and produced by the CCPR’s Dr. Inge Sorensen, TimeLock is micro-budget filmmaking at its best. A digital film for the digital age – with a menacing, minimalist soundtrack courtesy of Dave McAulay, Howie Reeve and RM Hubbert winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Awards 2013.”

David Griffith is an award-winning, filmmaker who has collaborated as a screenwriter, producer and director with many other award-winning filmmakers including Bruce McDonald (Hard Core Logo I & II, Pontypool), Bernard MacLaverty (Bye-Child) and Garfield Kennedy (Why the Towers Fell – Emmy Award Winning Best Documentary in 2003). David also teaches filmmaking courses for the University of Strathclyde CLL, the Writers Factory and the SAE Institute.”

The screening will be followed by Q&A with producer Dr. Inge Sorensen and director David Griffith. If you want to make most out of the ‘IP in Music and Film Week’ you should not miss this event.