Copyright and catching up

Training day at the British Library on IP and copyright. I made a lot of notes (which I won’t repeat here) but a few interesting things came up which I’d like to think about some more.

Firstly, copyright covers ‘artistic works’ including “works of artistic craftsmanship” – surely this is a matter of judgement and who gets to decide?!

Secondly, computer code is technically a ‘literary work’. This had never occurred to me and could be a really fascinating aspect to investigate once I start to think about the nature of digital artworks…

And thirdly, the whole afternoon was dedicated to Creative Commons and Open Access. The ethos of open, shared knowledge is one I embrace and I’ve been licensing my work under CC for years (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (BY-NC-SA) or Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (BY-NC-ND)), so it was great to see this and Open Access research outputs being promoted.

It was also lovely to catch up after the session with a few of the other CDP students and compare experiences so far – we had a few beers hence the brevity of today’s post!

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