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Our digital resources are grouped under the themes of Copyright EvidenceCopyright User and Copyright History with each theme containing a lead resource.

All of our digital resources aim to:

  1. Make primary research materials (data and historical sources) available.
  2. Enable public discourse and debate by translating complex findings and legal context into a more accessible format.
  3. Allow our methodological approach to be scrutinised by academic peers and stakeholders.
  4. Develop material appropriate to our interdisciplinary field.
  5. Be sustainable, particularly when created with partner organisations.

You can also find resources from Key CREATe Events that include video, audio recordings, transcripts and presentations from CREATe conferences, events and launches. They are divided by theme.

CREATe Resource Pages consolidate reports, research summaries, links and multimedia materials related to specific projects, events or initiatives.

New PhDs should check out the PhD Welcome Guide, which was written by PhD students for new PhD students. The guide provides general advice for getting started as a CREATe PhD, includings ‘top tips’ for your first year, and a practical guide to life as part of the CREATe team and UofG community.

Copyright Evidence Portal

The Copyright Evidence Portal gives access to the world’s current knowledge about copyright law and its effects – as a data-minable Wiki catalogue and through visualizations.

Copyright Evidence Wiki

The Wiki aims to categorise all existing empirical studies on copyright in an attempt to inform policy interventions based on rigorous evidence. The evidence is searchable by country, industry and research method, among other categories, to allow for in-depth exposition. The Wiki format allows a dynamic review of the studies, together with bespoke visualisations, and users can propose new studies.

OMeBa: Online Media Behaviour Analytics

A user-friendly data tool, which allows users to download and analyse the Ofcom/IPO surveys on infringement, online access and consumption behaviour in the UK and identify trends over time. An introduction to the OMeBa data development and enhancement project can be found here:


A real time infringement tracker using social media data from Facebook and Twitter. Produced for demonstration at the CREATe Festival 2016.

ESRC Symposium: What constitutes evidence for copyright policy?

Kretschmer & Towse (eds.) setting a Policy & Evidence agenda for CREATe in 2012. Annotated videos, transcripts of discussion, editorial introduction, bibliography and downloadable working paper (135pp).

CREATe Policy Responses

Submissions to consultations and policy interventions. Two key resources:

Copyright User

This independent online resource makes UK Copyright Law accessible to creators, media professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and members of the public. The goal is to provide answers to the most pressing concerns users (i.e. all of us) have about copyright. Copyright User is co-produced with CIPPM / Bournemouth University and Queen’s University Belfast.

You Can Play

You Can Play is a digital resource that catalogues user-generated content (UGC) policies for video games. The resource offers easy-to-understand interpretations of the (often complex) range of policies, licensing agreements and terms and conditions that make up the rules concerning use of game content.

Digitising Morgan

A culturally significant set of unpublished scrapbooks created by poet Edwin Morgan, are used in a rights clearance simulation and to interrogate the legal and practical requirements of diligent search under both the EU Orphan Works Directive and UK Orphan Works Licensing Scheme. Also available is a suite of resources providing practical guidance for institutions engaging in digitisation initiatives.

Display at Your Own Risk (DAYOR)

A research-led exhibition experiment featuring digital surrogates of public domain works of art produced by cultural heritage institutions of international repute. The project includes a Gallery Exhibition as well as an open source version of that exhibition intended for public use.

Primary Sources on Copyright

A digital archive of primary sources on copyright from the invention of the printing press (c. 1450) to the Berne Convention (1886) and beyond. For each of the thirteen geographical areas covered, a national editor has selected, transcribed, translated and commented on documents. Sources include privileges, statutes, judicial decisions, contracts and materials relating to legislative history, as well as contemporary letters, essays, treatises and artefacts. Primary Sources on Copyright is co-produced with CIPIL / University of Cambridge.

Stationer’s Register Online

A searchable database of the copy-entries recorded in the Stationers’ Register, which was instrumental in the development of Anglo-American copyright.

IP Oral Histories

A digital archive of open and publicly accessible material that records, preserves and transcribes oral interviews with intellectual property practitioners, lobbyists and civil servants.

Platform Regulation

The first phase of the Platform Regulation project conducted by CREATe for the AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC), provides an empirical mapping of the UK regulatory landscape. With the emergence of platforms as a distinct new regulatory object, what are the UK’s options in this rapidly evolving landscape?

Open Science

Open Science can be defined as a model of doing science that relies on the concept of openness throughout its life cycle. This includes different aspects such as open access to publications and data (both research- and meta-data), as well as open methodologies, open peer review, free and open source software and much more.

Legal approaches to Data

This project will analyse case studies on data scraping, natural language processing and computer vision to assess whether the current legal framework is well equipped for the development of AI applications, especially in the field of machine learning, or, if not, what kind of measures should be developed (legal reform, policy initiatives, licences and licence compatibility tools, etc).

Valuing the Public Domain

In 2013-2015, CREATe undertook a major research project to build understanding about how the public domain adds value to society.  As a two-year knowledge exchange project it was jointly funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the ESRC (Grant ES/K008137/1) and CREATe.

CREATe Blog Book

In 2013-2015, CREATe undertook a major research project to build understanding about how the public domain adds value to society.  As a two-year knowledge exchange project it was jointly funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the ESRC (Grant ES/K008137/1) and CREATe.

Copyright & Innovation Network

CREATe announced the launch of the Copyright and Innovation Network (CIN) on 26 May 2017 at the Digital Catapult in London with an event exploring, Trends in the Creative Digital Economy: Findings from the CREATe Research Programme. The network aims to be a catalyst for industry-relevant research at the interface of law, technology, social science and the humanities.

Reversion Rights Resource Page

Article 22 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market provides for a right of revocation (Directive (EU) 2019/ 790, adopted in April 2019). This gives effect to a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ principle. EU Member States must provide authors and performers who licensed or transferred their rights on an exclusive basis with a right to revoke this transfer or license in case their works are not exploited. It is a general provision applying to all types of copyright works.