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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.



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 on the CREATe blog:


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.

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.

The first phase in 2008 focused on key materials from Renaissance Italy (Venice, Rome), France, the German speaking countries, Britain and the United States. New materials continue to be added: primary sources from Spain were published in 2012, and the Netherlands followed in 2015. Jewish law sources were published in 2016. For each of the thirteen geographical areas, 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.