University of Glasgow

CREATe – the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy is based in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow and 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 within a consortium of seven UK universities (Glasgow, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths University of London, Nottingham, St Andrews, and Strathclyde), and over 80 industry, public sector and civil society partners. CREATe is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

CREATe believes that successful copyright reform must be based first of all on incentivising innovation from SMEs and individual creators, as the true incubators of change and growth. Business models must take into account how consumers and users actually use, acquire and appropriate cultural products in the digital era, and find ways to maximise profits, growth and cultural production by acknowledging these realities. In our view, technology is not part of the problem but part of the solution. Through our research programme, CREATe has developed a number of digital resources to help creators, policy makers, media professionals, and the general public get to grips with copyright and intellectual property including Copyright User; Copyright Evidence, and Copyright History.  

In addition to our world-class research and digital resources, CREATe offers a pioneering online education programme (MSc@CREATe) for professionals working in sectors where digital rights and obligations are a key concern.For more information on CREATe’s research, development, and teaching please visit


Role in OpenMinTeD

CREATe coordinates the working group WG3 “IPR and licensing” that within WP5 deals with legal interoperability.



Thomas Margoni and Giulia Dore