reCreating Europe: Rethinking digital copyright law for a culturally diverse, accessible, creative Europe


Duration: 2020-2022

Technologies enable unprecedented democratization of cultural practices and the production and use of 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. With its multi-disciplinary approach, bringing together researchers, practitioners and stakeholders, reCreating Europe will deliver ground-breaking contributions towards a clear understanding of what makes a regulatory framework that promotes culturally diverse production, and optimizes inclusive access and consumption.

First, reCreating Europe yields unprecedented cross-national maps of (i) multi-level regulatory responses that impact access to culture, cultural production, competitiveness of creative industries, and (ii) coping strategies of stakeholders vis-à-vis IPRs pitfalls and constraints. Second, it develops innovative qualitative and quantitative methods to measure the impact of digitization on the production and consumption of cultural goods and services. Changing intermediaries, specific creative communities, micro/SMEs and vulnerable users get special attention. Third, reCreating Europe performs a legal and technological mapping and evaluation of TPMs and content-filtering algorithms, and their impact on cultural diversity, access to culture and the generation of cultural value. Last, it offers policy recommendations and best practices, aimed at democratizing culture while reinforcing the sustainable development of rich and diverse cultural/ creative industries.

reCreating Europe’s unique comprehensive focus on five key groups of stakeholders -individual authors and performers, creative industries, cultural and heritage institutions, intermediaries, end-users- allows it to assess needs along intertwined research patterns, while its multi-disciplinary innovative approach joins different methodologies within the framework of participatory research strategies.

IViR will be engaged – partly in collaboration with other partners in the consortium – in five subprojects:

  • A study based on an EU-wide survey of the views and experiences of makers and performers with regard to digitisation, copyright and the Digital Single Market;
  • A study into the growing role of artificial intelligence as a producer of cultural work and the challenges that it poses for human authorship;
  • An investigation into the role of territoriality in copyright;
  • A study aimed at developing ‘best practices’ for legitimate use of material in specific cultural sectors;
  • A study looking at the role of automatic removal of content by platforms and the effect of this on access to cultural products.


  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna (Coordinator), Italy
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Alexander von Humboldt-Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft Gmbh, Germany
  • Stichting Liber, The Netherlands
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland
  • Tartu Ulikool, Estonia
  • Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
  • Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark
  • Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem, Hungary

Press release:
Horizon 2020 grant for UvA research into the development of copyright in digital society, 19 November 2019

Throughout the project, outputs and related events will be posted on this page.


Quintais, J.; Katzenbach, C.; Schwemer, S.; Dergacheva, D.; Riis, T.; Mezei, P.; Harkai, I.

Copyright Content Moderation in the EU: Conclusions and Recommendations Technical Report


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Schwemer, S.; Katzenbach, C.; Dergacheva, D.; Riis, T.; Quintais, J.

Impact of content moderation practices and technologies on access and diversity Technical Report

2023, (D.6.3 Final Evaluation and Measuring Report).

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van Eechoud, M.

Territoriality Roundtables (combined report) Technical Report

2022, (ReCreating Europe, D4.4).

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Bulayenko, O.; Quintais, J.; Gervais, D. J.; Poort, J.

AI Music Outputs: Challenges to the Copyright Legal Framework Technical Report

2022, (reCreating Europe report, D3.5).

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