New online resource to make copyright law more accessible


A new online resource aims to make copyright law more accessible for creators and the public, through sharing and presenting it in an engaging and easily understandable way. is an independent online resource that is meant for everyone who uses copyright works, such as small businesses and people working in the creative industries.

It has been developed by the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University and CREATe, a Research Councils UK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow.

The site uses user-friendly texts produced by leading academics, as well as compelling illustrations, motion graphics videos and video interviews with creators to provide the often complex information in a balanced and accessible way.

“Whilst copyright law is extremely relevant for those working in the creative industries it can also prove to be a very complex area to understand,” said Dr Dinusha Mendis, a founding member of and Co-Director of CIPPM.

“This is particularly true for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as media professionals such as musicians, filmmakers, performers, writers, visual artists and interactive developers, amongst others.

“Our goal is to inform such creators and users of copyright about how to protect their work, how to license and exploit it, and how to legally re-use the work of others.” will also be updated regularly to reflect changes to UK copyright law, keeping users informed about what they can or cannot do under the current copyright legislation.

Its launch is timely in view of reforms to UK copyright law currently being discussed by the government and expected to come into law soon.

Proposed draft legislation for reforms to UK copyright law includes the introduction of new copyright exceptions, including parody and pastiche, orphan works where the copyright holder is uncontactable, text and data mining, and private copying.

Bartolomeo Meletti, lead producer of, said: “Much of copyright is up to different interpretations with technology leading the debate and the law catching up on a case by case basis.

“ provides accurate and authoritative guidance on copyright law to help creators understand their rights.” was launched at the Arts and Humanity Research Council (AHRC) Creative Economy Showcase at Kings Place Conference Centre, in London.

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BU Law lecturer talks about 3D printing on BBC Radio 5 Live

Dr Dinusha Mendis, Senior lecturer in law and co-director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management (CIPPM) at BU, was on BBC Radio 5 Live, talking about the challenges which will be faced by intellectual property (IP) laws in the wake of 3D printing.

Dinusha, who has recently published a paper on the issue, was featured on the Outriders programme – which is dedicated to exploring the frontiers of the web.

She told presenter Jamillah Knowles: “In a nutshell, my paper looks at the intellectual property implications of 3D printing, and whether we can learn lessons from the past.

“When I refer to the past, I am referring to the lessons we have learned from file-sharing services, such as Napster and Pirate Bay, and the challenges to intellectual property law – in particular copyright law – and the response to those challenges by the entertainment industry.

She added: “This paper suggests that, rather than focus on stringent IP laws, the future lies in adopting new business models to adapt to this new technology.”

Dinusha said that, while printers capable of printing 3D shapes and models are currently quite expensive, prices are constantly coming down.

“Past experience has shown us that law is constantly playing a catch up game with technology,” she said.

“This has been evident in the manner that intellectual property law, and in particular, copyright law, has struggled to keep up with internet and online activities.

“The present IP law that we have in the UK was not designed to keep up with such technologies, and regulating 3D printing will be no different.”

“So, while 3D printing is set to open doors to new businesses, new jobs and new experiences for consumers, it is also going to create a lot of challenges for IP right-holders and manufacturers of industrial products.”

She added that while work has started on looking at laws in this area, “there is still a long way to go.”

You can listen to a podcast of the Outriders programme that Dr Dinusha Mendis appears on here.