University of Nottingham Ningbo China
AHRC Centre for
Digital Copyright and IP Research in China
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A consortia of UK and Chinese universities were invited to apply for up to £500,000 of AHRC funding for projects on IP- and copyright-related research relating to the contemporary Chinese situation. It was finally agreed to fund six full bid proposals. Here is information about some of the funded projects.

Successful Full Bids

Project 1      

Fair use in copyright of works in the digital domain

Project 2

China Digital Copyright Exchange

Project 3

Convergence or differentiation in IP protection strategies and business models?  New models for digital film distribution in China

Project 4

Intellectual Property Practices in Creative and IT Industries: A Comparison Study between China and the UK from the User-centred Perspective

Project 5

Regulating Internet Intermediaries in China: Legal and Empirical Evidence for Better Policy Making

Project 6

A Technological Licensing Framework for 3D Printed Content: A Focus on China


Additional funding to Project 3 has been provided through CREATe. CREATe is the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow. It is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). CREATe investigates the future of creative production in the digital age, and in particular the role of copyright.  Details of the associated project can be found below.

Other projects

CREATe's Associated project with PROJECT3                


Convergence or differentiation in IP protection? A case study of new models for digital film, music and e-fiction production and distribution in China