2024 European Copyright Society Conference

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Friday, 24 May 2024

Conflict and Trust in the European Copyright System

The European Copyright Society (la Société européenne du droit d’auteur) was founded in January 2012 with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright Law and policy. Its members are scholars and academics from various countries of Europe, seeking to articulate and promote their views of the overall public interest on all topics in the field of authors rights, neighbouring rights and related matters. The Society is neither funded nor instructed by any particular stakeholders.

The 2024 ECS conference will address current conflicts over the scope and enforcement of European copyright law, and look for ways to resolve these conflicts in a trustworthy manner and with a balanced outcome. The first session will focus on the role of copyright in the data economy, in particular the impact of copyright on data access rights. In the second session, Thomas Koch, the presiding judge of the copyright senate of the Bundesgerichtshof, will give a keynote speech on the cooperation between the Bundesgerichtshof and the CJEU in the application and interpretation of EU copyright law. How does judicial cooperation work in practice, and is it characterised by mutual trust? The third session is dedicated to copyright in the platform economy. Does the current legal regime ensure fair remuneration for authors? Can “trusted content creators” and “trusted metadata” improve the current situation? Finally, the fourth session will look at European copyright from the perspective of sustainable development and human rights.


Die Tagung wird als Fortbildungsveranstaltung im Rahmen der Fachanwaltsordnung der BRAK anerkannt (5,5 Stunden). Den Vordruck für eine entsprechende Bescheinigung finden Sie hier.




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08:30    Registration

​​​09:00    Welcome by Alexander Peukert, Chair of ECS


09:15-10:45 Session 1: Copyright, the Data Economy and Data Access 90 Min

Ole-Andreas Rognstad: Data Ownership Ambiguity – A Trust Problem (20 min)

Martin Kretschmer/Thomas Margoni (ECS guest)/Tatiana Eleni Synodinou: The Paradox of Lawful Access (20 min)

Mireille van Eechoud: Does the Data Economy Call for Unitary Copyright? (20 min)

Q&A (30 min)


10:45-11:15    Coffee Break


11:15-12:30 Session 2: Trust or Conflict Between National Courts and the CJEU? (75 min)

Thomas Koch: A Perspective from the Bundesgerichtshof (30 min)

Estelle Derclaye: A Perspective from Academia (20 min)

Q&A (25 min)


12:30-13:30    Lunch


13:30-15:00 Session 3: Copyright and the Platform Economy (90 Min)

Caterina Sganga: Authors’ Fair Remuneration: Taking Stock After the CDSM Directive and Looking Ahead (20 min)

Martin Husovec: Trusted Content Creators: Improving the Position of Authors (20 min)

Martin Senftleben: Metadata Mainstreaming in Copyright Law – The Right Instrument for Building Trust in Content Recommender and Monetization Systems? (20 min)

Q&A (30 min)


15:00-15:30 Coffee Break


15:30-16:30 Session 4: Copyright, Sustainability and Human Rights (60 min)

Péter Mezei: Upcycling and IP (20 min)

Christophe Geiger: Copyright and Generative AI from a Human Rights perspective, Or How to Deal With the Conflict Between Scientific Development in AI Technology and the Remuneration Interests of Creators (20 min)

Q/A (20 min)


16:30   Closing of the Conference




Conference fees:

150,00 € (standard fee)

50,00 € (academics)


Die Tagung wird als Fortbildungsveranstaltung im Rahmen der Fachanwaltsordnung der BRAK anerkannt (5,5 Stunden). 



Prof. Estelle Derclaye, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Prof. Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law, Luiss Guido Carli University, Rome (Italy) (Chair, 2014-15)

Prof. Martin Husovec, Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), LSE Law School, United Kingdom

Prof. Thomas Koch, Vorsitzender Richter am Bundesgerichtshof, 1. Zivilsenat (ECS guest)

Prof. Martin Kretschmer, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Glasgow; and Director, CREATe, United Kingdom

Prof. Thomas Margoni, Research Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law and Criminology, KU Leuven (ECS guest)

Prof. Péter Mezei, Professor of Law, University of Szeged, Hungary; Adjunct professor (Dosentti) University of Turku, Finland

Prof. Ole-Andreas Rognstad, Professor of Law, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, Norway (Chair, 2018-19)

Prof. Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Chair, 2020-21)

Prof. Caterina Sganga, Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), Italy

Prof. Tatiana Eleni Synodinou, Professor, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Prof. Mireille van Eechoud, Professor of Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law (IViR) Netherlands




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