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Professor Martin Kretschmer


Martin Kretschmer (LLM LSE, PhD UCL) is Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of CREATe (, the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre. CREATe is an interdisciplinary research hub established in 2012 jointly by three UK research councils (Arts & Humanities AHRC, Engineering & Physical Sciences EPSRC, and Social & Economic Sciences ESRC). From 2018-2023 CREATe is part of the AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (led by innovation foundation Nesta). From 2020-2023, CREATe also leads the creative industries stream of a major EU H2020 research consortium: reCreating Europe – Copyright law, cultural diversity and the Digital Single Market.

From 2000-2012, Martin was Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University ( From 1996-1999, he was an ESRC postdoctoral research fellow at Cass Business School, City University, London (ESRC Media Economics and Media Culture programme). During the 1990s, he was German Consultant Editor at BBC Worldwide, and wrote for German language national newspapers, public radio and TV.

Martin is general editor (with Prof. Lionel Bently, Cambridge University) of, the digital archive of primary sources on copyright from 1450 to 1900. He is also chair of the editorial boards of the portals and  In 2015-2016, he served as president of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Association (EPIP). In 2018, Martin was Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Fiesole/Florence; in 2020, Weizenbaum Fellow at Humboldt University and Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin.

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