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Ensuring Intellectual Property Rights in a Digital Age: Discussing the EU’s New Copyright Reforms Package

IPR - INtellectual Property Rights
Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019

Venue: Central Brussels

The emergence of digital technologies is transforming the way of producing, distributing and accessing creative content in the EU. With copyright-intensive industries representing almost 11.6 millions of jobs - 5.4% of employment in the EU - and 6.8% of EU GDP (Factsheet, European Commission, 2018), the EU has recently proposed a new set of copyright reforms that aim to ensure a better functioning of the copyright marketplace; to increase the cross-border access to content online; and to assure wider opportunities to use copyrighted materials in education, research and culture heritage.

The Commission’s proposal on EU copyright rules includes a new regulation and a new directive. The new Regulation aims at simplifying the rights clearance for broadcasters and operators of retransmission services that want to offer wider access to TV and radio programmes across borders. The Copyright Directive, supplementing the Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC, suggests the creation of a new right allowing press publishers to claim remuneration for the online use of their publications and to better monetise and control the distribution of their content online (art 11). Moreover, the Directive intends to impose content monitoring measures on online platforms (art. 13) and to create of a new copyright exception for the use of 'text-and data-mining' techniques in the EU (art.3).

In 12th September 2018, the European Parliament adopted an updated version of the Directive, which will be now the subject of trilogue negotiations. However, the Directive is raising high concerns from scholars, experts and internet users. Article 11 is currently the subject of a strong #savethelink campaign on social networks, with users being afraid of losing the right to share links containing article headline, thumbnail picture and short excerpt for free (“Link Tax”). While Article 13 has been well received from the music industry, independent creators fear to see their work removed and be deemed “guilty until proven innocent”. Moreover, this proposal requires the use of significant surveillance technology, likely to be done by few large US-based providers giving them a direct access to the behaviour of EU users of internet platforms.

With the new reforms having potentially far-reaching consequences on copyright in the EU, this timely international symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity for key stakeholders within the public and private sector to engage into the debate on future EU copyright reforms. Stakeholders will discuss how the EU can ensure an effective single market in the area of copyright and strike for the right balance between the creator and consumers, the protection of right holders, while facilitating access to digital services across EU borders for citizens and businesses.

Delegates  will:

  • Find out more on the copyright reform proposals and ongoing initiatives
  • Analyse the crucial issues and challenges related to the enforcement of copyright law across the EU
  • Consider ways to develop a right balance between protecting producers rights and guaranteeing access to consumers
  • Rethink EU copyright rules to better promote innovation and a more inclusive European society
  • Share good practices and recommendations on intellectual property rights at a local level
  • Assess innovative copyright rules for scientific research and teaching purposes
  • Analyse alternative resolution mechanisms for consumers protection regarding copyright issues
  • Discuss the consistency of the EU’s copyrights reforms with the international framework


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  • Thursday, 24 January 2019

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