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Ian Hargreaves

Intellectual property and the creative industries are both shaped by revolutions in the media industry. Developments since the Millennium have led to expectations (though not unchallenged) of unregulated global copying and greater access to data. Debate continues across the world as to how to address these questions, notably in the UK in a review in 2011 and the Nesta Manifesto of 2013. It is within this context (termed here ‘edgy, but somewhat less confrontational’) that this collection and its identification of tolerance, make a valuable contribution. The discussions taking place across the breadth of the collection are needed to deliver healthy rights ecology, to avoid a destructive conflict, and to ensure focus on the key question for IP – its impact on creativity.