Conference: Copyright, related rights and the news in the EU: Assessing potential new laws

On the 23 of April, Marietje Schaake will take part in a one day CIPIL conference hosted at IViR. The conference is part of a two-year, AHRC funded project at CIPIL, Cambridge University, and JOMEC Cardiff University entitled Appraising Potential Legal Responses to Threats to the Production of News in a Digital Environment. Subject The conference will be addressing the notion that there should be an amendment of European copyright and related law designed to benefit news, and possibly other content publishers. This is linked to the EU Commission’s consultation published on the 23rd March 2016. The conference will seek to address four areas: the first section will explore some of the arguments as to why such a right may be appropriate, considering the problems facing publishers, in particular news publishers, in the contemporary world of internet distribution of content. The second will consider some legal responses to these problems that have been already attempted in selected different countries, and evaluate what lessons (if any) can be learnt from these experiences. The third section of the conference will consider whether a new law – given the constraints under which it ought to operate – is likely successfully to meet some of the problems facing news publishers. In particular, we will explore some economic, legal and political issues related to a new law. The fourth and final part of the conference will consider some other matters that may be raised by a new law, namely the impact it can be expected to have on technology, consumers, and the human rights of freedom of speech and the right to know. Speakers Panel 1: Why are we here? What problems face news publishers? Why is this important? Why might we expect a new European copyright or related law to help resolve them? Richard Danbury (CIPIL, University of Cambridge) Jan Hegemann (Raue LLP – clients include Axel Springer) Matt Rogerson (Guardian - Head of Public Policy) Andrew Hughes (NLA Media Access - International Director) Mark Seeley (RELX -Senior Vice President & General Counsel) Panel 2: What went before? What legal responses have there been in other countries, and what can be learnt from these about the prospects, requirements and effect of any new law? Søren Christian Søborg Andersen (Horten – clients include Infopaq) Raquel Xalabarder (Universitat Oberta de Catalynya) Chris Beall (LSKS Law – clients include AP, NYT, Dow Jones, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, ESPN, Buzzfeed, Gawker) Panel 3: Can a new law be expected to solve publishers’ problems? What is the economic evidence? What legal restraints would a new law have to observe? What political concerns are likely to be raised by a new law? Lionel Bently (CIPIL, University of Cambridge) Bertin Martens (EU Commission, speaking in a personal capacity) Bernt Hugenholtz (IViR, University of Amsterdam) Marietje Schaake MEP (European Parliament) Panel 4: What problems might a new law create? The effects on consumers, the internet, new entrants to the market, and freedom of expression. John Naughton (The Observer, University of Cambridge) Agustin Reyna BEUC (European Consumers' Association – Digital Team Leader) Mireille van Eechoud (IViR, University of Amsterdam) Chairs The sessions will be chaired by Ian Hargreaves (University of Cardiff), Lionel Bently (CIPIL, University of Cambridge) and Bernt Hugenholtz (IViR, University of Amsterdam)