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!

Meet the Alumni

Please join us on Friday, December 5 from 4-5 PM, for a chance to meet members of last year’s Intellectual Property LL.M. class, make some interesting professional and personal connections… and, of course, find out what you can do to help to keep the IP Society going in 2015! To be held in the Gloag Lecture Theatre, School of Law.

End-of-Term Event: Screening of Alfred Hitchock’s “Vertigo”

Considered one of the finest films ever made, please come and join the IP Society for this viewing of a masterpiece by the “Master of Suspense.”




Part of Hitchock’s musical score – composed by the great neo-Romantic film composer and long-time Hitchcock collaborator, Bernard Herrmann – was re-used in the Oscar-winning 2011 film, “The Artist.” This led to an outraged reaction on the part of Kim Novak, who starred in the original film. She commented:

“The [Artist] could and should have been able to stand on its own without depending upon Bernard Herrmann’s score from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo to provide it more drama….It is morally wrong for the artists of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended. It is essential to safeguard our special bodies of work for posterity, with their original and individual identities intact and protected.”

But the director of “The Artist,” Michael Hazanivicius, says that he made his film as a “love letter” to classic cinema, and responded: “I love Bernard Herrmann and his music has been used in many different films; I’m very pleased to have it in mine. I respect Kim Novak greatly and I’m sorry to hear she disagrees.”

Was this a violation of the authors’ moral rights? Come and watch with us, and see what you think!

Viewing: Tuesday, December 2, from 1-3 PM, in the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre, Room 112A.

The film is 2 hours and 8 minutes long. It will be preceded by a very short introduction to the moral rights controversy by Prof Mira Sundara Rajan, and there will be an opportunity for discussion after the viewing.

We look forward to inviting you to a follow-up screening in Semester 2, of Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist.”

Our IPKat debut : Oberlandesgericht Hamm’s follow-up to Usedsoft

Dear friends of the IP society,

Our president's childhood friend... Always been a true katfriend in every sense of the word

Our president’s childhood friend … Always been a true katfriend in every sense of the word

We have good news! After contributing a translation and summary of the German Court of Appeal Hamm’s decision regarding the exhaustion of the exclusive right to distribute audio books, our president Johannes Großekettler was extensively mentioned on the renowned IPKat blog.

The original judgement, which has been reported as breaking news two weeks ago had only been available in German before. Johannes’ translation and summary now makes it more accessible. To read his work click on the following link:

Many thanks to Eleonora Rosati and the whole IPKat blog for also linking to our website!

The original blog post can be found here.

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.



Pre-event: Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings

28th of May 2014, 4pm – 5pm / Walker room (Stair Building)

In preparation for Friday’s seminar of Martha de Francisco on ‘Music Production in the Digital Age’, the IP Society will host an open pre-event, in cooperation with Professor Mira Sundara Rajan, on Copyright Issues in Sound Recordings. This highly recommended event will briefly introduce Friday’s seminar and will not only provide attending students with some helpful background information but is also intended to offer the occasion for questions and comments as well as to encourage discussion on music production and related issues of IP law.

Examples of the topics to be covered are:

  • What is a record producer and what is the role of sound engineers?
  • How does the digital age affect the profession?
  • What are the characteristics of the digital recording industry and how are sound recordings protected by copyright?
  • What is the difference between a sound recording and a musical work?

We think that the preliminary engagement with the field of music production will lead to thoughts and ideas, which will contribute to Friday’s seminar and warmly invite IP students as well as everyone interested in contemporary music production.