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New Centre for Copyright brings major boost to UK's creative industries

Date: 09/08/2012

A pioneering initiative to support the growth of the UK's vital creative industries and arts sector was announced today. The Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, run by a consortium of UK universities led by the University of Glasgow, will examine a range of issues relating to new digital technologies with a view to meeting some of the central challenges facing the UK's creative economy.

The UK has probably the largest creative sector in the world relative to GDP, accounting for over 6% of the overall economy and contributing around £60Bn per annum. However, building a business, cultural and regulatory infrastructure that can spark innovation, capitalise on new revenue streams and harness the potential of new and emerging technologies are challenges that face the sector as it aims to maintain the UK's global leadership in this field.

The new Centre – called CREATe (Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology) - will address these and other challenges by exploring a range of issues such as those associated with digitisation, new intellectual property issues and how best to support relationships between the arts and technology.

CREATe is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Professor Ronan Deazley of the School of Law at the University of Glasgow is leading the consortium and said: The Research Councils decision to support CREATe is an outstanding result for the University of Glasgow and for the consortium of other Universities involved in this initiative. Working in strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations throughout the UK, CREATe will deliver an innovative and exciting research programme that will have real impact on the creative economy as that economy continues to transition from the analogue to the digital.

Professor Rick Rylance, Chief Executive of the AHRC said: On behalf of the three Research Councils funding this project, and the various agencies involved in it, I'd like to welcome the launch of CREATe very warmly indeed. It represents a fantastic opportunity to take the measure of the way digital technologies are challenging existing arrangements and creating new opportunities in the UK to supply creative input. We very much look forward to seeing how CREATe develops new thinking on copyright and business potential and meets the challenges of interdisciplinary and partnership working. I'm confident it will do so splendidly. It's a vital as well as urgent task.

Led by the University of Glasgow, CREATe comprises the University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, University of St Andrews, University of Nottingham's digital economy hub (Horizon), the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Although not providing funding, NESTA, the Intellectual Property Office and the Technology Strategy Board will also be involved in the CREATe centre.

Notes to editors:

  • AHRC Media contact: Danielle Moore-Chick - 01793 416021
    EPSRC Media contact: Richard Tibenham - 01793 444 267
    ESRC Media contact: Jeanine Woolley – 01793 413 119
  • Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy: The AHRC, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), through the Digital Economy Programme, launched a new initiative in Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy in 2011. £4M (£5M Full Economic Cost (FEC)) was made available to support one multidisciplinary research centre over a four year period focussing on real research challenges in the creative economy, relating to new digital technologies and issues of copyright and new business models.
    One of the aims for the Centre will be to leverage significant additional income or support from partners and other sources such that, after the four-year period of Research Council funding, the Centre will be able to develop the legacy of its work, including sustaining partnerships, delivering impact and continuing other major benefits. In short, the Centre will be expected to be sustainable in an appropriate form. www.create.ac.uk
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.
  • The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800m a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.
    The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via research Councils UK. www.epsrc.ac.uk
  • The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC's total budget for 2012/13 is £205 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes. More at www.esrc.ac.uk
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