Conclusion of HERA's first Joint Research Programme – University of Copenhagen

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04 November 2014

Conclusion of HERA's first Joint Research Programme

HERA Joint Research Programme: Outcomes and Achievements: 'Cultural Dynamics: Inheritance and Identity' 'Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation'.
Edited by Philip Hunter for HERA - Humanities in the European Research Area.

Dynamics, creativity, and innovation in humanities
This publication outlines the findings of the HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) first joint programme. The 19 subprojects have all been centred on the two themes of “Cultural Dynamics” and “Humanities as a Source of Creativity and Innovation”.

Digitization and copyright
Professor Helle Porsdam, Saxo Institute, has been among the project leaders, and her project is called "Copyrighting Creativity: Creative Values, Cultural Heritage Institutions
and Systems of Intellectual Property (CULTIVATE)". CULTIVATE has analysed the challenges and opportunities of digitization at cultural heritage institutions.

Consumers as well as producers of copyright
The CULTIVATE project has inter alia highlighted the position of cultural heritage institutions as both ‘consumers’ of copyright protected works and as ‘producers’, and therefore rights holders, to copyright protected works. It has shown how modern science emerges in the intersection of celebrity culture, through the power of print culture, and under the influence of intellectual property. 

Failure of law
The project has offered proposals for resolving the impasse created by the failure of the law, internationally and nationally, to recognise the conflicts that arise when private property rights and community/public rights co-exist in relation to the same intangible cultural subject matter.

Read the entire HERA Joint Research Programme publication esf.org.