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CREATe focus on IP & Copyright

CREATe, the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, is a national research hub jointly funded by AHRC, EPSRC, and ESRC dedicated to investigating the relationship between creativity, regulation, enterprise and technology through the lens of copyright law.

The Literary Platform is collaborating with Goldsmiths University on a CREATe work package entitled:

“Whose Book is it anyway? IP, collaborative business models, and questions of ethics and creativity in digital publishing.”

As industry partners, our role is to bring together people working in the publishing and academic sectors to discuss the impact of digital technology on publishing, specifically in relation to copyright and intellectual property, and to create spaces for debate in which a wide range of voices and viewpoints can be heard.

To date we have organised and facilitated two events:

In May 2013 we ran an invite-only round-table discussion which brought together publishers, writers, literary agents, librarians, developers, journalists and academics to debate the question: “Is the current copyright framework fit for purpose in relation to writing, reading, and publishing in the digital age?”

Four participants presented positioning statements which addressed the question from their perspective and each presentation was followed by a discussion of the key themes that emerged. Positioning statements were given by Richard Mollet, CEO of the Publishers Association; Kate Pullinger, Writer; Sarah Kember, Professor of New Technologies of Communications and Laurence  Kaye, Digital Media Lawyer and partner at Shoosmiths LLP.

The discussion was chaired by John Naughton, technology journalist and Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at Open University.

In April 2014 we ran an open session at the London International Book Fair which this time focused on writers/ creators in which panellists and the audience were invited to address the question “How Will Writers Eat?: The Debate about Copyright and Writing in the Digital Age”.

The event was attended by 100 people and the panellists were: Jose Borginho, Policy Director of the International Publishers Association; Eric Huang, Development Director at Made in Me; Dr Lucy Montgomery, Deputy Director of Knowledge Unlatched and Kate Pullinger, writer and Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. The event was chaired by Laurence Kaye, Digital Media partner at Shoosmiths LLP.


'How Will Writers Eat?' panel at LIBF 2014, (c) ActuaLitte

‘How Will Writers Eat?’ panel at LIBF 2014, (c) ActuaLitte

Find out more about Goldsmith University’s work package, ‘Whose Book is it Anyway?’

Read a selection of the position statements from the May 2013 round table discussion

Find out more about CREATe