By *Samuel Ugwumba
The emerging concept of creative economy with its underlying ideas has arguably embraced its apogee in the publication of a new study commissioned by CISAC titled “Cultural Times—The First Global Map of Cultural and Creative Industries.” The conclusions of the study are not new (See UNESCO and UNCTAD creative economy reports). What is new, according to CISAC, is that the study is the first to quantify the global economic and social contribution of cultural and creative industries.
As is usually the case with studies on creative economy, the emphases are on the economic and non-economic potentials/contributions of the cultural and creative industries; and the challenges posed by piracy to these industries and the economy (I agree with all these). My worry, however, is that concerns about piracy in these studies are usually followed by recommendations to increase protection and strengthen enforcement of copyright law.