Competition & Markets

Competition law and market regulation can act both as driving forces and as restraints on creative production.

Within a free market system, production happens within the ‘rules of the game’ – with foundational principles governing competitive markets developed within competition law and market regulation. Competition law and market regulation can act both as driving forces and as restraints on creative production. They remove barriers to entry and impediments to a well-functioning market, by curtailing the exercise of (unilateral or collective) power by existing market players. The digitisation of the economy has drastically changed the way markets operate, and may affect the balance of powers between producers, creators and users or consumers. This makes it even more crucial to understand the avenues for innovation and creativity the law unleashes, while identifying the limits it may place on commercial activities.

PROJECTS

Project: Competition & Markets
22 April 2021

Platform regulation I (AHRC PEC)

Objectives: To map global trends, develop an analytical frame that allows assessment of implications for creative industries, and engage UK…
Project: Competition & Markets
22 April 2021

Platform regulation II (competition, contestability and innovation)

Giants of the tech sector have been at the heart of competition law enforcement in recent years.  A considerable part…
pieces of puzzleProject: Competition & Markets
22 April 2021

Trade marks as functioning brands

Trade marks are expected to function as source identifiers enabling consumers to differentiate between goods and services in the marketplace…
Project: Competition & Markets
22 April 2021

The gatekeeping of art

This study proposes a historical perspective on gatekeeper power to restrict competition, with consequences for innovation, consumer welfare and the…