Dr Wolf Richter

 Dr Wolf Richter

Wolf Richter is researching the potential role of Social Entrepreneurship in addressing the market failure in digital goods. His research benefits from his dual background in IP Law and Computer Sciences and his newly developed passion for China.


Wolf Richter joined the Oxford Internet Institute as a DPhil student in October 2006 to study the economical and legal impact of the social web, aka Web 2.0.

Prior to that, Wolf has worked in IT strategy consulting and was involved in transformation projects in the telecommunications, logistics and high tech industry across Europe and the US. He holds masters degrees in Intellectual property law from Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich and Computer Sciences from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Research interests

collaborative creation of intellectual goods, value chains of intellectual production, mashups and peer-to-peer enabled business models, trust, trust and quality in virtual communities, intellectual property

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Alumnus, October 2010 -
  • DPhil student, October 2006 - October 2010


Past projects

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    August 2007 - February 2008

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.



Conference papers


  • Richter. W. (2008) The future of digital music - How Governmental Intervention could save the Music Industry and increase Competition. Invited presentation, International Symposium on New Media Industry & Globalization, Shanghai University, October 2008.
  • Richter, W. and Cassarino, I. (2008) Lessons learnt from implementing an open licensing model in distributed film production - The case of A Swarm of Angels. FreeCulture 2008, iSummit, Sapporo, July 2008.
  • Richter, W. and Cassarino, I. (2008) Swarm creativity - The legal and organizational challenges of Open Content Film production. DIME conference on The Creative Industries and Intellectual Property, Birkbeck College, UCL, London, May 2008.
  • Richter, W. (2008) The future of digital music in the Peer-to-Peer Web [Presentation Slides]. Webevolve at WWW2008, Beijing, April 2008.
  • Richter, W. and Escher, T. (2008) The Performance of Online News Aggregators. Re:Publica 08, Berlin, April 2008.
  • Richter, W. and Belsky, L. (2007) What does current data on students' attitudes suggest for solving the copyright crisis in China? 4th International Conference on Intellectual Property Protection of High Technology at Tsinghua Law School, Beijing, October 2007.
  • Richter, W. (2007) First findings on students' behavior and attitudes on illegal file sharing in China. HPAIR conference 2007, Beijing, August 2007.


  • Richter, W. (2003) Sui Generis protection for databases in the EU: The example nobody wants to follow. ETH Zurich.


  • Richter, W. (2002) Specification and implementation of cross-organisational business processes with Petri nets (in German). Humboldt University Berlin.

Working papers


Richter, W. (2010) 'Better' Regulation Through Social Entrepreneurship? Innovative and Market-Based Approaches to Address the Digital Challenge to Copyright Regulation. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.