CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. It is globally the first effort to research copyright law from an evidence-led perspective. We have over 50 distinct projects at 10 UK Universities and with international partners. CREATe investigates the future of creative production in the digital age, and in particular the role of copyright. The Centre brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics from law, economics, management, computer science, sociology, psychology, ethnography and critical studies with over 80 industry, public sector and civil society partners. CREATe is jointly funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council AHRC (lead), Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council EPSRC and Economic & Social Research Council ESRC.

On 24 June 2016, CREATe presented a day of findings from the CREATe research programme at RSA House London. The line-up included keynotes by Financial Times columnist John Kay and Julia Reda, copyright rapporteur, European Parliament. The Festival played host to a multitude of public engagement events where delegates were able to participate in behavioural experiments and workshops, and speak to CREATe Researchers at our exhibition stands.

CREATe web resources were demonstrated, such as, the copyright evidence wiki and a database of litigation. Policy debates and expert panels explored the future of the creative economy, the interface of digital innovation and legal regulation, and in particular the role of copyright law. Educational initiatives included the opportunity to meet the teaching team of the MSc@CREATe online executive Masters programme, as well as information on a range of courses offered from Consortium partners.

The audience for the Festival was the digital creative industry, policy makers, the legal profession, the arts sector and academic funders, as well as University researchers and academics. The Festival was partnered with London Technology Week, a festival of events taking place throughout London that celebrates and connects innovators from leading R&D centres, tech businesses, universities and specialist hubs.

CREATe Festival Chair – Martin Kretschmer

Organising committee – Sukhpreet Singh, with Kerry Patterson and Diane McGrattan.

Website – Pete Bennett and Naomi Rimmer.

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