Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Kristofer Erickson

Associate Professor in Media and Communication

0113 343 5816

Clothworkers' Building North 1.15

Office hours: Mondays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

BA (Université de Bourgogne), MA (Queen's University), PhD (University of Washington)

Research Interests

My research interests include distributed peer production, user-led innovation and creative industries policy. An ESRC-funded project, Valuing the Public Domain, studied the uptake and circulation of expressions not in copyright. I am a Principal Investigator from 2015-2018 on ENDoW: Enhancing access to 20th Century Cultural Heritage through Distributed Orphan Works Clearance, a multi-country project to develop a crowdsourcing solution for copyright clearance in cultural institutions. An ongoing research agenda involves estimating the economic value of free and voluntary contributions to projects such as the Wikimedia Commons.


COMM 2910 Communication Research Methods

COMM 3715 Internet Policy

COMM 5780 MA Digital Practices


Research Funding Development Lead (2018-2019)


Journal articles

  • Erickson K (2018). Can creative firms thrive without copyright? Value generation and capture from private-collective innovation. Business Horizons. 61(5), 699-709.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.bushor.2018.04.005, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/133106/

  • Erickson K, Kretschmer M (2018). This Video is Unavailable': Analyzing Copyright Takedown of User-Generated Content on YouTube. JIPITEC : Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law. 9(1), 75-89.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/131300/

  • Stobo V, Patterson K, Erickson K, Deazley R (2018). I should like you to see them some time’: an empirical study of copyright clearance costs in the digitisation of Edwin Morgan’s scrapbooks. Journal of Documentation. 74(3), 641-667.
    DOI: 10.1108/JD-04-2017-0061, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124916/

  • Erickson K, Sørensen I (2016). Regulating the Sharing Economy. Internet Policy Review. 5(2).
    DOI: 10.14763/2016.2.414, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123857/

  • Erickson K (2016). Defining the public domain in economic terms: Approaches and consequences for policy. Etikk i praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics. 10(1), 61-74.
    DOI: 10.5324/eip.v10i1.1951, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123906/

  • Borghi M, Erickson K, Favale M (2016). With Enough Eyeballs All Searches are Diligent: Mobilizing the Crowd in Copyright Clearance for Mass Digitization. Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property. 16(1), 135-166.
    DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2806145

  • Heald P, Erickson K, Kretschmer M (2015). The Valuation of Unprotected Works: A Case Study of Public Domain Images on Wikipedia. Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. 29(1), 1-31.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123904/

  • Erickson K, Wei L (2015). Intellectual property enclosure and economic discourse in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Media, Culture & Society. 37(3), 409-421.
    DOI: 10.1177/0163443714567022, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123907/

  • Erickson K (2014). User Illusion: ideological construction of ‘user-generated content’ in the EC consultation on copyright. Internet Policy Review. 3(4).
    DOI: 10.14763/2014.4.331, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124135/

  • Green T, Erickson K (2014). For Those Playing along at Home: Four Perspectives on Shared Intellectual Property in Television Production. Journal of Media Business Studies. 11(2), 1-23.
    DOI: 10.1080/16522354.2014.11073578, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123855/

  • Adi A, Erickson K, Lilleker DG (2014). Elite Tweets: Analyzing the Twitter Communication Patterns of Labour Party Peers in the House of Lords. Policy & Internet. 6(1), 1-27.
    DOI: 10.1002/1944-2866.POI350, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/123852/

  • Erickson K, Lilleker DG (2012). Campaign Websites and Hypermedia Campaigning: Lessons from the Ed Balls Labour Leadership Campaign 2010. Parliamentary Affairs. 65(2), 404-424.
    DOI: 10.1093/pa/gsr041

  • Erickson K, Howard PN (2007). A Case of Mistaken Identity? News Accounts of Hacker, Consumer, and Organizational Responsibility for Compromised Digital Records. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 12(4), 1229-1247.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2007.00371.x


  • Erickson K (2018). IP and Creative Industries Policy in the UK. In Brown AEL & Waelde C (Ed.) Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries()Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124146/

  • Erickson K (2015). Topological London. In Franklin I, Chignell H & Skoog K (Ed.) Regional Aesthetics: Mapping UK Media Cultures(105-121)London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137532831_7, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/124151/

  • Erickson K, Howard PN (2009). Compromising Positions: Organizational and Hacker Responsibility for Exposed Digital Records. In Matwyshyn A (Ed.) Harboring Data: Information Security, Law and the Corporation(33-49)Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

  • Erickson K, Carr J, Herbert S (2006). The Scales of Justice: Federal-Local Tensions in the War on Terror. In McGoldrick SK & McArdle A (Ed.) Uniform Behavior: Police Localism and National Politics(231-253)New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Conference papers


  • Stobo V, Erickson K, Bertoni A, Guerrieri F (2018). Current Best Practices among Cultural Heritage Institutions when Dealing with Copyright Orphan Works and Analysis of Crowdsourcing Options. Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works Clearance (EnDOW). Diligentsearch.eu.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/130960/

  • Erickson K, Heald P, Homberg F, Kretschmer M, Mendis D (2015). Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain: An empirical assessment. Copyright and the Value of the Public Domain: An empirical assessment. Newport, UK: Intellectual Property Office.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/130961/

Research Projects & Grants

Principal Investigator, AHRC (AH/N504385/1) ENDoW: Enhancing access to 20th Century Cultural Heritage through Distributed Orphan Works Clearance (With Maurizio Borghi, Lead Investigator, Lucie Guibault & Lilla Montagnani), 2015-2018, £146,144

Investigator, ESRC (ES/K008137/1) Valuing the Public Domain (with Martin Kretschmer, Dinusha Mendis & Fabian Homberg), 2013-2015, £104,000

Investigator, Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) Copyright and the Economic Effects of Parody (With Martin Kretschmer & Dinusha Mendis) 2012-2013, £16,000


External Appointments

Affiliated Researcher, CREATe

Academic Editor, Internet Policy Review

Managing Editor, Copyright Evidence Wiki

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision


Sheona Burrow, Assessing the IP Small Claims Track (University of Glasgow, completed 2017)

Megan Blakely, The Management of Intangible Cultural Heritage as Intellectual Property in Celtic Countries (University of Glasgow, completed 2018)

Currently Supervising:

Andrea Wallace, Claiming Surrogate IP Rights: When Cultural Institutions Repossess the Public Domain (University of Glasgow School of Law, completing 2018)

Conor O’Kane, Experimental methods in behavioural economics to assess consumer perceptions of privacy in online transactions. (Bournemouth University, completing 2018)

Janet Burgess, Layperson understandings of the law through creative practice: Choir music and copyright. (University of Glasgow, completing 2019)

© Copyright Leeds 2018