ReCreating Europe Project: Rethinking Digital Copyright Law for a Culturally Diverse, Accessible & Creative Europe

reCreating Europe has now finished. Read here the project factsheet for a summary of its outputs, and the role that LIBER played.

With its multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together researchers, practitioners and other stakeholders, reCreating Europe will contribute to a clear understanding of what makes a regulatory framework that promotes culturally diverse production, and optimizes inclusive access and consumption.



January 2020 to March 2023


reCreating Europe

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Technologies enable unprecedented democratization of cultural practices and the production and use of intellectual property (IP). The creation of an effective system of sustainable norms for digital copyright is a major challenge due to four phenomena: copyright complexity, sidestepping, knowledge gap, and awareness gap.

The consortium brings together universities, IPR and cultural heritage/art/creative industry experts, researchers, lawyers and economists from around Europe, including Maynooth University (Ireland), the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom), the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and the University of Tartu (Estonia), whose libraries are part of the LIBER network. Other project partners include: Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy), Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (Germany), University of Trento (Italy), Copenhagen University (Denmark) and University of Szeged (Hungary).


LIBER’s role

LIBER participates in the G.L.A.M. activities of the project, which include:

  • the mapping of the existing European legal framework regulating digitized and digital-born content for GLAMs;
  • developing a cross-national case study on how GLAM stakeholders deal with digitisation-related issues;
  • supporting a “testing phase” that aims to help GLAM industries in applying the law correctly and consistently bringing forward the results of the prevously mentioned activities; and
  • organizing a “GLAM @ EU Parliament” event at the EU Parliament premises targeting GLAM stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers in the field.

Furthermore, LIBER will lead the Work Package on Dissemination, Engagement & Outreach, including training activities. Linking to LIBER’s strategy, the library community will be targeted in the engagement activities and the validation process.


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Key Objectives

  • Producing cross-national maps of multi-level regulatory responses that impact access to culture, cultural production, competitiveness of creative industries, and of coping strategies of stakeholders in relation to intellectual property rights (IPRs) pitfalls and constraints.
  • Developing innovative qualitative and quantitative methods to measure the impact of digitization on the production and consumption of cultural goods and services.
  • Performing a legal and technological mapping and evaluation of technological protection measures (TPMs) and content-filtering algorithms, and their impact on cultural diversity, access to culture and the generation of cultural value.
  • Offering policy recommendations and best practices, aimed at making culture accessible while reinforcing the sustainable development of rich and diverse cultural/creative industries.

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