Open Business Models: New Compensation Mechanisms for Creativity and Inclusion

The tension between digital changes in creative industries and the need to support new business and economic inclusion in developing countries poses particular challenges for intellectual property rights and incentive systems.
Who holds the intellectual property rights to a piece of art, such as music, video, or film? How can artists safeguard their right to be paid for their efforts? These and many other questions concern all countries. Meanwhile, despite having vibrant and diverse cultures, many developing countries suffer from chronic underdevelopment of their creative industries.

This research aims to explore important new business models in the networked society, their implications for the rights of consumers and creators, and their role in increasing inclusion and cultural diversity. It will also examine how the "click economy" (especially online ad-based models that use micropayments) and the "sharing economy" (peer-to-peer distribution of digital content) are transforming the developing regions of the world.

Four partners are involved in the research efforts: FGV/Centro de Tecnologia e Sociedade (CTS) of Brazil, Fundacion Karisma in Colombia, University of West Indies in Jamaica, and the American University in Washington, DC.

Working together, the teams expect to quantify how the "click" and "share" economies of the digital world are affecting artists and digital enterprises. The research should provide answers to a fundamental question: What is the best way to support access to cultural goods while promoting greater creativity among artists, businesses, and economies in developing countries?

Project ID

106624

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Sunday, January 15, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Duration

24 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 830,530

Countries

Brazil, South America, Colombia, Jamaica, North and Central America, West Indies

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Sean Flynn

Institution

American University

Institution Country

United States

Institution Website

http://www.american.edu

Project Leader

Carolina Botero

Institution

Fundación Karisma

Institution Country

Colombia

Institution Website

http://www.karisma.org.co

Project Leader

William New

Institution

IP Watch Association

Institution Country

Switzerland

Institution Website

http://www.ip-watch.org

Project Leader

Luiz Fernando Marrey Moncau

Project Leader

Pedro Augusto Pereira

Institution

Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Institution Country

Brazil

Institution Website

http://www.fgv.br

Project Leader

Hopeton Dunn

Institution

University of the West Indies

Institution Country

Jamaica

Institution Website

http://www.mona.uwi.edu