October 31, 2014

UK Debuts Copyright Center

A new center that will examine the changing nature of copyright and the need for new business models in the digital age launched January 31 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

The Center for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology (CREATe) brings together researchers in law, business, economics, technology, psychology, and cultural analysis from seven UK universities: the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, the University of St Andrews, the University of Nottingham’s digital economy hub (Horizon), the University of East Anglia, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Over the next four years, directed by Professor Martin Kretschmer, they will work on some 40 projects focused on the intersections between culture, the economy, and technology, to offer policymakers analyses for developing new regulatory frameworks.

Jo Swinson, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, who will speak at the launch event, said, “CREATe will bring together academia, government and industry to build a robust evidence base.” In addition to the universities, Nesta, the Intellectual Property Office, and the Technology Strategy Board played an advisory role in the setting up of CREATe, which is connected to some 80 creative industry partners in total, including individual creators, SMEs and major technology and content companies.

The center is funded by a 5 million pound investment from UK research councils, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Economic and Social Research Council. The University of Glasgow is committing a further 1.7 million pounds to research posts and PhDs in the Colleges of Arts and Social Sciences to support CREATe, and CREATe hopes to find additional funding so that when the research council funding runs out, the center can remain sustainable.

The launch will be followed by a one-day working conference on February 1 at the Lighthouse in Glasgow for academics and representatives of the creative industries, presenting case studies of transition from analogue to digital, contrasted with “born digital” sectors.

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