7th GRUR Int. / JIPLP Joint Seminar: visions and perspectives on the regulation of online platforms and intermediaries

Following a tradition started in 2013, we are happy to announce that GRUR Int. and JIPLP have organised their 7th Joint Seminar, which will take place in Berlin (Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum Humboldt University of Berlin, Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 1/3, D-10117 - more info and map here) on Monday, 14 November 2016, at 1pm (the long seminar will end at 7pm, followed by a reception). A panel of very distinguished speakers from Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, including JIPLP's co-editor Eleonora Rosati, will provide views and comments on "(Non-)Regulation of online platforms and internet intermediaries: state of play, visions, and next steps in Germany, UK, the Netherlands". Maria Martin-Prat (DG CONNECT) will also present the views of the European Commission on these themes.

You can read the impressive program of the joint seminar, as well as further useful information, here (a neat leaflet is also available). The seminar will be held in English and attendance is free of charge. You can register online here (clicking on the "Participants" tab) - please note that there are only 140 seats available, so early registration is recommended. We hope to see you in Berlin, for what promises to be an exciting and topical seminar!


7th GRUR Int. / JIPLP Joint Seminar
(Non-)Regulation of online platforms and internet intermediaries: 
state of play, visions, and next steps in Germany, UK, the Netherlands and at EU level

Berlin, 14 November 2016, 1pm to 8pm

On 14 September 2016, the European Commission eventually presented its long-awaited legislative proposals - two directives and two regulations - aimed at reforming the EU copyright system and adapting it to the realities of the Digital Single Market. Remarkably, the reform package comprises a set of proposals regarding the liability of internet intermediaries and platform operators with the objective "to increase cultural diversity in Europe an content available online, while bringing clearer rules for all online players". Thereby, the EU has set the scene for a lively autumn debate on the much-discussed issue of "sharing of value" - and way beyond!

Against the background of these ongoing reform activities at national and EU level, distinguished experts in copyright law from Germany, UK and the Netherlands will examine the recent copyright case law and the new legislative proposals regarding the modernisation of the legal framework of the EU Copyright System with regard to internet intermediaries. They will discuss the current state of play as well as the challenges and options involved, and present their ideas on possible solution models for the future.

Confirmed speakers
  • Dr Martin Husovec, Tilburg University (NL)
  • Prof. Dr Matthias Leistner, LL.M. (Cambridge), University of Bonn (DE)
  • Maria Martin-Prat, DG CONNECT, European Commission (Brussels)
  • Prof. Dr Eva Obergfell, Humboldt University of Berlin (DE)
  • Prof. Dr Ansgar Ohly, Ludwig Maximiliams University of Munich (DE)
  • Prof. Dr Karl-Nikolaus Peifer, University of Cologne (DE) - Chair of the Joint Seminar
  • Dr Eleonora Rosati, University of Southampton (UK)


13.00 – 13.45 Joint lunch and registration 

13.45 – 14.00 Welcoming remarks 
Dr Anke Nordemann-Schiffel, Maître en droit (Paris), Chair of the GRUR Regional Group Berlin; Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert
Dr Gert Würtenberger, GRUR President; Partner, Kanzlei Würtenberger Kunze
Prof. Dr Karl-Nikolaus Peifer, Co-Chair of the GRUR Special Committee on Copyright and Publishing Law; Chair for Civil Law, Copyright Law, Industrial Property Law, New Media and Commercial Law, University of Cologne

14.00 – 14.30 The facts: Context and overview on state of play 
Prof. Dr Inès Obergfell, Chair for Civil Law, Industrial Property and Copyright Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law; Vice Dean for Legal Research at the Faculty of Law, Humboldt University of Berlin

14.30 – 16.15 Visions and next steps: Action? What action? How to shape a good system fit for the future 

14.30 – 15.00 Statement by the EU 
Maria Martin-Prat, Head of Unit I.2 - Copyright, Directorate I - Media Policy, DG CONNECT, European Commission, Brussels

15.00 – 16.00 Ideas from Germany 
Prof. Dr Matthias Leistner, LL.M. (Cambridge), Chair for Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law, University of Bonn
Prof. Dr Ansgar Ohly, Chair for Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break 

16.30 – 17.30 Ideas from the UK and the Netherlands 
Dr Eleonora Rosati, Editor, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice; Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Southampton; Blogger, IPKat
Dr Martin Husovec, Assistant Professor, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC); Affiliated Scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS)

17.30 – 18.30 Panel discussion / Q&A 
Dr Martin Husovec
Prof. Dr Matthias Leistner
Maria Martin-Prat
Prof. Dr Eva Obergfell
Prof. Dr Ansgar Ohly
Dr Eleonora Rosati
Chair: Prof. Dr Karl-Nikolaus Peifer

18.30 – 18.35 Closing remarks 
Dr Gert Würtenberger

18.35 – 20.00 Reception
Following the working programme, all speakers and attendees of the seminar are kindly invited to join a reception offered by GRUR.

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