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8th GRUR meets Brussels Workshop

The Digital Single Market Copyright Directive Proposal and beyond:
Towards a `toolbox´ for future European Copyright Law

In September 2016, the European Commission has presented its Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Proposal aims to adapt the EU copyright framework to the needs of the digital network environment. This concerns the regulation of new uses as well as new actors, such as large internet platforms, and new business models. Further, new cross-border uses have emerged which require a modern, ‘future proof’ European copyright law framework.

The European Commission’s Proposal tackles these challenges by cautiously adapting exceptions and limitations to the digital and cross-border environment as well as by trying to improve access and availability of protected content by means of fostering functioning licensing agreements between rightholders, platforms and other actors. At the same time the European Commission keeps in mind the need for fair remuneration of the creatives in this context, e.g. by way of the proposed introduction of a new contract adjustment mechanism and respective transparency obligations.

In fact, the European Commission has proposed new and innovative, but partly rather cautious regulation concerning copyright in the Digital Single Market. Against this background, the 8th GRUR meets Brussels Workshop will focus on some of the core elements of the European Commission’s Proposal, such as the regulation of certain internet uses in particular by platforms in the broader context of the communication to the public right, the attempt to ensure fair remuneration for authors and performers by introducing new elements of copyright contract law into the acquis communautaire, and the proposed introduction of new exceptions and limitations to copyright. In respect of the commercial and technological challenges in these fields, the workshop aims at further developing the European Commission’s proposal and tries to propose certain useful elements as a ‘toolbox’ for more comprehensive reform of European copyright law. Renowned experts and high-level representatives from academia, legal practice, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union will present their views and discuss the Proposal as well as the possible need for further reform.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Marco Giorello, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Prof. Dr Reto Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Prof. Dr Matthias Leistner, LL.M. (Cambridge), University of Munich
  • Julia Löffler, European Parliament
  • Prof. Dr Axel Metzger, LL.M. (Harvard), University of Berlin
  • Prof. Dr Ansgar Ohly, LL.M. (Cambridge), University of Munich
  • Prof. Dr Jan-Bernd Nordemann, LL.M. (Cambridge), BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT
  • Prof. Dr Graeme Dinwoodie, University of Oxford
  • Dr jur. habil (Univ. Paris) Agnès Lucas-Schloetter, University of Munich
  • Dr Cyril van der Net, Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands

The event will take place on Monday, 12 June 2017 from 12.30 to 20.00 at the Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. The working programme (ending at approx. 19.00) will be followed by a reception for all participants.

The event will be held in English language without simultaneous translation. The workshop is open and free of charge. Please note that room availability is limited to 100 seats, and that the registration process will operate on a first come, first serve basis. We therefore recommend an early registration.


Online-Registration: please click on the tab "Participants/Teilnehmer" below and fill out the online registration form. We recommend filling out all the fields since the contact details you provide will be displayed in the workshop documents (list of participants). After submitting your registration, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail.

We invite you to join the discussion and look forward to seeing you in Brussels!

Contact: Sandra von Lingen, GRUR Manager Legal & International Affairs, or +49 (0)221 650 65-155,


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Date (from) 2017-06-12
Time (start) 12:30 - 20:00
City Brussels

Representation of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia to the European UnionRue Montoyer 47

B-1000 Brussels


Marco Giorello, Prof. Dr Reto Hilty, Prof. Dr Matthias Leistner, LL.M., Julia Löffler, Prof. Dr Axel Metzger, LL.M., Prof. Dr Ansgar Ohly, LL.M., Prof. Dr Jan-Bernd Nordemann, LL.M, Prof. Dr Graeme Dinwoodie, Dr jur. habil Agnès Lucas-Schloetter, Dr Cyril van der Net

Here you can apply for participation in the event.