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How does copyright impact the access to and use of our shared cultural heritage across borders, and online?

This online resource presents the digital proceedings of a one-day conference designed to explore this essential question. ‘Copyright and Cultural Memory’, organised by CREATe and held at The Lighthouse on 9 June 2016, addressed a number of copyright-related issues in the heritage sector.

CREATe researchers Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast), Megan Blakely, Kerry Patterson, Victoria Stobo, and Andrea Wallace (all Postgraduate Researchers at the University of Glasgow) addressed the challenges of digitisation, intangible cultural heritage, risk-based models of copyright compliance for archive collections, and surrogate intellectual property rights.

The conference featured presentations by CREATe Postgraduate Researchers followed by a discussion with a panel of experts. Afterwards, keynote speaker Simon Tanner (King’s College London) responded to the research. The day concluded with a question and answer session reflecting on the research presented and the role of copyright law and policy in the heritage domain. This resource captures those presentations, along with the panel discussion and question and answer session that followed.

The panel of experts included:

  • Margaret Haig, Intellectual Property Office
  • Naomi Korn, Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy, Chair of the Libraries and Archive Copyright Alliance
  • Alison and Alistair McCleery, Profs of Economic and Cultural Geography, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Joris Pekel, Europeana, Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage
  • Ben White, Head of Intellectual Property, British Library

#CaCM2016 formed part of the larger CREATe Festival, which hosted multiple symposiums in various locations in the United Kingdom. An experimental exhibition, Display At Your Own Risk, preceded the conference on 8 June 2016, kicking off the two-day event.

This event was funded by CREATe, University of Glasgow, the Research Councils UK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (, AHRC Grant Number AH/K000179/1. CREATe receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.