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IP considerations for the creative industries in South-East Asia

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Publication date
11 June 2021
Author
European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency
Publication type
  • IP Guide

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The development of creative industries in various South-East Asian countries is incredibly varied. This is evident from the 2014 WIPO Studies on the Economic Contribution of the Copyright Industries, which compared the significance of copyright industries among several countries worldwide. The comparison study is highly relevant as copyright-intensive industries, being industries dependent on the protection of copyright and related rights are the main and substantive constituents of the creative industries. This study revealed that the contribution of copyright-intensive industries to Gross Domestic Product (”GDP”) was the lowest in Brunei among the South-East Asian countries, at 1.58%3 , while in Singapore the copyright intensive industries had an above average4 contribution of 6.19%5 . As for the contribution of copyright-intensive industries to national employment, the Philippines ranked the highest worldwide (not just in South-East Asia) with a percentage contribution of 11.10%6 , while in Thailand the contribution was as low as 2.85%7. It is therefore arguably clear that the development level of the creative industries, or at least the copyright-intensive industries, is presently not homogenous across South-East Asia.

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11 JUNE 2021
IP considerations for the creative industries in South-East Asia