Friday 1 May 2015

The age of EU copyright reform? Here's an event for you

Is this what the future
of EU copyright policy looks like?
What future awaits EU copyright? What are the reform plans (if any) of the EU Commission? What is in the pipeline for the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the area of copyright?

If you have been asking yourself all these (and other) questions, wonder no further!

On 26 May 2015 I am organising a 3-hour event that will address these issues.

On 6 May the EU Commission is indeed due to unveil its own Digital Single Market Strategy, which includes plans to reform EU copyright. A draft version of this document has been already leaked. From this it would appear that areas for legislative intervention in the area of copyright are likely to encompass geo-blocking, exceptions and limitations, civil enforcement, and the role of internet service providers. 

Meanwhile numerous amendments have been presented to the draft Report on the implementation of the InfoSoc Directive, prepared by MEP Julia Reda. Following a vote in the Legal Committee of the European Parliament, her report will be subject to a final vote in plenary in early July.

The motto of the CJEU
Whilst the future of EU copyright policy, including possible legislative intervention, is (slowly) unfolding in Brussels, things are as busy as ever in Luxembourg, where the CJEU has been tackling (and will continue to do so) thorny issues such as digital exhaustion, hyperlinking, exceptions and limitations, and e-lending.

This event will review developments at both policy and judicial levels, and will take place at the beautiful London offices of RPC.

Places are limited (with some tickets available for full time students), so to provide everybody with the opportunity to discuss fully the present and future of EU copyright.

For those who cannot attend in person, it will be also possible to follow the event in either live streaming or at a later time via YouTube.

CDP points are also available.

For further details and reserve your place, just click here!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's a shame you can't get the MEPs Mary Honeyball and Syed Kamall, or appropriate members of their policy teams, to come in and discuss their positions on the amendments clause by clause, perhaps with somebody from the libraries and somebody from the publishers to complete the panel.

The legislative process in Brussels seems entirely to reduce to 3-minute grandstanding speeches, rather than the detailed clause-by-clause committee discussion we're used to in the UK.

It would be nice to see MEPs (or a policy assistant) having such a detailed clause-by-clause discussion in public for once.