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Our digital resources are grouped under three key themes, copyright evidence, copyright user and copyright history. The resources include documentations of key stages in the research process, so that our methodological approach can be scrutinised, by academic peers and stakeholders. We also attempt to translate complex findings and legal context into a more accessible format, to enable public discourse and debate, and amplify. Thirdly, we aim to make primary research materials available: data and historical sources. Here we are committed to contributing to the sustainability of resources produced with partner organisations. Finally, it is our ambition to develop method resources appropriate to our interdisciplinary field.




“What constitutes evidence for copyright policy?”

Orphans & Archives

Open Access Publishing

Public Domain

What is a Business Model? 




Copyright User is a multimedia resource aimed at helping creators, media professionals and the general public understand copyright. A joint collaboration between CREATe and Bournemouth University, Copyright User consists of videos, interactive tools, subject resources, and FAQs. The resources are meant for everyone who uses copyright: musicians, filmmakers, performers, writers, visual artists or interactive developers. We inform creators  how to protect their work, how to license and exploit it, and how to legally re-use the work of others.




Primary Sources on Copyright is a digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond. The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded the initial phase (completed in 2008) focusing on key materials from Renaissance Italy (Venice, Rome), France, the German speaking countries, Britain and the United States. For each of the thirteen geographical zones/jurisdictions represented within the resource, a national editor has taken responsibility for selecting, sourcing, transcribing, translating and commenting documents. These include privileges, statutes, judicial decisions, contracts and materials relating to legislative history, but also contemporary letters, essays, treatises and artefacts.

Method Resources

CREATe’s Methods resource collects ideas, discussions, and new perspectives on methodological problems that arise in researching in a fast moving (digital) environment, where issues of law, value and behaviour cannot easily be addressed within the ambit of established academic disciplines. What does a productive interdisciplinary approach look like?

CREATe Studio

CREATe Studio is an interdisciplinary reading group which allows researchers from a variety of academic backgrounds to read new things and provides them an opportunity to meet with peers and share ideas.