A recent study conducted on behalf of the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission shows that cultural and creative industries (CCIs), employing more than 12 million people in the EU, are at the heart of the creative economy. Knowledge-intensive and based on individual creativity and talent, they generate huge economic wealth and preserve European identity, culture and values. CCIs include a number of subsectors, such as architecture, archives and libraries, artistic crafts, cultural heritage, design, fashion, film, music, performing and virtual arts, publishing, radio, television and video games.

CCIs operate on markets that rely significantly on the creation and exploitation of products related to intellectual property rights (IPR). This study investigates and assesses the competitive and framework conditions of the CCIs and analyses, among other points, the important role and impact of intellectual property issues within the area.

Further information along with the full text of the study is available here.