Copyright and Publicly-Funded Arts and Humanities Research: Identifying and Developing Sustainable Exploitation Models in the Digital Economy

This paper was prepared as a report for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK (2015)

Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2015/33

84 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2015

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Charlotte Waelde

University of Exeter - School of Law

Smita Kheria

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Nadine Levin

University of Exeter

Date Written: October 19, 2015

Abstract

In this paper, we report our findings from a pilot project, where we examined the relationships between copyright, publicly funded arts and humanities research, and research processes in the digital era. Our examination was based on case studies of six different AHRC-funded projects: three funded under the Digital Transformations theme, and three funded by one of the Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy, Research and Enterprise in the Arts and Creative Technologies (REACT). To study the six cases, we conducted semi-structured interviews with selected participants from each of these funded projects. We used this empirical data to address the following research questions: (1) How do researchers engage with copyright during the research process and in the production of creative works, and what copyright related challenges emerge? (2) How is researchers’ engagement with copyright affected by digitisation, collaboration, legislation, and government policies? (3) Does copyright provide benefits to researchers as they undertake publicly funded research? (4) What range of works is produced during research, what do researchers identify to be of value in their projects, and can any of the benefits provided by copyright be mapped onto these values?

Keywords: Copyright; arts and humanities research; digital economy

Suggested Citation

Waelde, Charlotte and Kheria, Smita and Levin, Nadine, Copyright and Publicly-Funded Arts and Humanities Research: Identifying and Developing Sustainable Exploitation Models in the Digital Economy (October 19, 2015). This paper was prepared as a report for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK (2015); Edinburgh School of Law Research Paper No. 2015/33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2676058 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2676058

Charlotte Waelde

University of Exeter - School of Law

Streatham Court
University of Exeter
Exeter, EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Smita Kheria (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Nadine Levin

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

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