CREATe believes that successful copyright reform must be based first of all on incentivising innovation from SMEs and individual creators, as the true incubators of change and growth. Business models must take into account how consumers and users actually use, acquire and appropriate cultural products in the digital era, and find ways to maximise profits, growth and cultural production by acknowledging these realities.
Our research programme creates independent evidence and analysis that enables the creative industries to produce not just economic growth but creative opportunities for citizens and consumers in an age where cultural production should be limited only by time and imagination.
The initial research programme of the AHRC/EPSRC/ESRC funded CREATe consortium (2012-2017: AH/K000179/1) was delivered across seven interrelated themes.
- Theme 1: Good, Bad and Emergent Business Models
- Theme 2: Openness and Open Business Models
- Theme 3: Regulation and Enforcement
- Theme 4: Creators and Performers: Process and Copyright
- Theme 5: Intermediaries and Platforms
- Theme 6: User Creation, User Behaviour and Community Norms
- Theme 7: Human Rights and Public Interest
From 2013-2015, CREATe undertook a major ESRC funded project (ES/K008137/1) Valuing the Public Domain.
Since 2016, CREATe has been developing a further core strand of work on Open Science. This includes the 2017 summer summit on ‘Open Science and Open Culture’.
In 2017 CREATe received AHRC Follow-on Funding for Unlocking co-creative possibilities (AH/P013341/1). Key outputs included a Copyright and Innovation Network, and a CREATe/BFI Screening Event on Copyright & Creative Reuse.
From 2019-2022, CREATe collaborates with Prof. Rebecca Giblin and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (University of Melbourne) on an ARC project on rights reversion: The Author’s Interest.
2019-2023, CREATe leads the workstrand on Intellectual Property, Business Models, Access to Finance and Content Regulation in the new AHRC Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (AH/S001298/1).
From 2020-2023, CREATe leads the creative industries stream of a major EU H2020 research consortium: Copyright law, cultural diversity and the Digital Single Market.
The original CREATE Work Packages document (2012) can be downloaded from here.
This online poster exhibition (2014) showcases most of our projects at the mid-term stage.
CREATe also funded a further 23 ‘new funds’ projects from 2014-18 across the UK in response to a call for new research. These were grouped under the original 7 themes, and can be found here.
Two funding calls (March 2014, December 2014) and one set of direct commissions (2015/16) were issued to support new research.
In addition to its core funding, CREATe also has led and contributed to numerous other projects. Associated Projects are projects that potentially make a transformative contribution to CREATe’s central themes. They have been adopted under a formal procedure. Investigators and researchers on these projects have full access to CREATe’s activities, events and devolved funding.
Results & Impact
- The CREATe Festival (2016) exhibits the key findings from the first four years.
- Research findings are continuously published in the CREATe Working Paper series, with more than 80 research papers and reports available here:
- CREATe’s Copyright and Innovation Network was launched with AHRC Follow-on funding in May 2017.
- The Research Blog Series is a collection of reflective blog posts about CREATe-funded research projects.