By Georg von Graevenitz
Two members of the CREATe team were invited to participate in the workshop. Sukhpreet and Georg were able to draw on a number of new and free online resources to overcome these challenges. CREATe has developed the Copyright Evidence Wiki , which currently contains information on almost 600 academic studies on copyright written by lawyers and social scientists. The wiki provides links to these studies and summaries of their content. Crucially for our audience in Delhi, it also allows the user to visualise the links between the studies, the topics and industries these studies focus on and their methodological basis. Eventually it will allow researchers to build bibliographies and interrogate the findings of the studies. Efforts to open the wiki to the community of researchers (who can propose and add new studies and comment on ways to analyse the underlying data) are ongoing and CREATe is keen for involvement of researchers around the world to improve and develop this unique resource. This wiki should mean that the days in which researchers provided only partial reviews of the literature on copyright related topics will soon be over.
Next, we picked out two studies to illustrate recent research on the economic effects of copyright protection. To introduce the economic approach to copyright protection to non-economists we drew on CORE (Curriculum Open-Access Resources for Economics). CORE is an initiative seeking to produce high-quality resources for the teaching of economics through a global collaboration of scholars. CORE’s free e-book, The Economy, contains a capstone unit on Innovation, Information, and the Networked Economy.
Further development of CREATE’s Copyright Evidence Wiki and of CORE’s materials for social science students, via a recent grant, should help participants of this and future similar events to learn about the economic and other effects of copyright protection in ways that are fun and enlightening at the same time.
This article was originally published in Dr von Graevenitz’ blog “Business Analytics, Management and Economics” on March 18, 2017; and on the CREATe (RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy) blog on March 20, 2017