Kretschmer and Towse (2013)
|Kretschmer and Towse (2013)|
|Title:||What Constitutes Evidence for Copyright Policy?|
|Author(s):||Kretschmer, M., Towse, R. et al.|
|Citation:||Kretschmer, M. and Towse,R. (eds) (2013) What Constitutes Evidence for Copyright Policy? Digital proceedings of ESRC symposium www.copyrightevidence.org/create/esrc_evidence_symposium|
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|Data Description:||This is a report of a symposium, there is no data.|
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The Symposium ‘What constitutes evidence for copyright policy?’ held at Bournemouth University on 8 November, 2012 was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science. It was organised by Professors Ruth Towse and Martin Kretschmer as a cooperative initiative between the Centre for IP Policy and Management at BU and CREATe, University of Glasgow with the aim of exploring the concept of evidence as employed in copyright policy making, and challenge the concept from a social science perspective. A web resource offers transcripts and short videos of the discussion, an introductory essay, and a bibliography. The aim was to produce an orientation point in the contested debate about ‘evidence-based’ copyright reform. The Symposium took the form of four panels with specific professional and disciplinary groups: policy-makers, stakeholders, social scientists and law professors with an open session to enable wider audience participation. Each panel speaker was asked to give a short opening statement, setting out what constitutes evidence from their disciplinary perspective, using the UK Intellectual Property Office’s guidance document on standards of evidence (‘clear, verifiable and able to be peer-reviewed’) as a starting point for their contribution.
Main Results of the Study
This is a report of a symposium held in 2010, the purpose of which was to scrutinise the ambition of evidence-based policy and consider its relevance to copyright policy. The organisers, Kretschmer and Towse, have emphasised the need for empirical evidence in their academic research and consultation on copyright, which has included the effects of copyright policy on creators’ and performers’ earnings, on the operation of the creative industries and on copyright institutions such as collecting societies.
Policy Implications as Stated By Author
The authors and contributors discuss what counts as evidence as required for evidence based policy.Two proposals to improve evidence-based policy making in the field of copyright emerged. First, a quality filter for evidence and second, a process design for collecting evidence that can can contribute to the quality and relativity of the evidence when used simultaneously.