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Wednesday, 6th February 2013

UK: What Constitutes Evidence for Copyright Policy?

Source: CREATe (UK) 

The Symposium 'What constitutes evidence for copyright policy?' held at Bournemouth University on 8th November, 2012 was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. It was organised by Professors Ruth Towse and Martin Kretschmer as a cooperative initiative between the Centre for IP Policy and Management at BU and CREATe, University of Glasgow with the aim of exploring the concept of evidence as employed in copyright policy making, and challenge the concept from a social science perspective. This web resource offers transcripts and short videos of the discussion, an introductory essay, and a bibliography. The aim was to produce an orientation point in the contested debate about 'evidence-based' copyright reform....

The Symposium took the form of four panels with specific professional and disciplinary groups: policy-makers, stakeholders, social scientists and law professors with an open session to enable wider audience participation. Each panel speaker was asked to give a short opening statement, setting out what constitutes evidence from their disciplinary perspective, using the UK Intellectual Property Office’s guidance document on standards of evidence ('clear, verifiable and able to be peer-reviewed') as a starting point for their contribution.

+ Symposium Proceedings (PDF; 884 KB)

+ Transcripts and videos


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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