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Self-enforcing IP Law: Life after DRM

About this project
Burkhard Schafer

Laurence Diver

Lead investigator(s):
Prof Burkhard Schafer
Mr Laurence Diver

Start Date: 1st October 2013
End Date: 30th September 2015


This project assessed if there is common ground between the various stakeholders that can inform the development of a new generation of computational representations of IP and other legal norms that realize the benefits of DRM without negative side effects.

Project outputs include:


Conference papers and talks:

  • Coherence in multilingual legal systems, Coherence 2013, Part of ICAIL 2013: XIV International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, Rome, Italy, 10th June 2013
  • Agent Technologies for the Digital Copyright Exchange, Second International Workshop on Artificial intelligence and intellectual Property Law, Bologna, Italy, 11th December 2013
  • Surface detail – reflections on the virtualisation of punishment, Gikii 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, 2nd September 2014
  • #(“copyright” “law”) at:2 put: “code” Computer juridism, copyright law and the juridification debate, IVR-UK Annual Conference, London, UK
  • Playing God(s) – Virtual World Creation, Online Spirituality and the Law, The Crag : Creation of Reality workshop series, University of Edinburgh
  • Monkeying around with Copyright, IRIS, Salzburg
  • A Fourth Law of Robotics? Enforcing Ethical Copyright Compliance in a World Shared with Automata, EPIP 2015, Glasgow


  • CREATe All Hands Conference 2015, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, 15th September 2014 to 16th September 2014
  • Identity Lost – electronic identity, digital orphan works and copyright law reform, St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, 30th September 2013 to 30th September 2013
  • CREATe Researchers Conference and Empirical Capacity Building Event (Edinburgh) , University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 13th June 2013 to 14th June 2013
  • CREATe Launch Event and Inaugural Conference, Glasgow, UK, 31st January 2013 to 1st February 2013
  • First International Workshop on AI and IP law AIIP, Amsterdam, 17th December 2012 to 17th December 2012

Policy Intervention:

  • Trusting Human Safety to Software What Could Possibly Go Wrong?