International Copyright Law

by Prasad Krishna last modified May 15, 2016 03:32 PM
Anubha Sinha will be attending the 2016 IViR Summer Course on International Copyright Law as a beneficiary of the OSF Civil Society Scholarship in Amsterdam from July 4 to 8, 2016. The event is being organized by the University of Amsterdam.

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Monday July 4





Opening Session
by Bernt Hugenholtz



‘International Framework’
by Bernt Hugenholtz

This session sets out the framework of international copyright protection, and describes the main norms of the Berne Convention, the TRIPS Agreement, the WIPO Copyright Treaty and various bilateral instruments.


‘TRIPS and Other Trade Agreements'
by Daniel Gervais

This session focuses on the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, administered by the WTO, and other more recent trade agreements. It takes a look at the negotiation process leading to their adoption, at the decisions from the WTO Dispute Resolution Panel and the impact on developing nations.


Boat tour on Amsterdam canals and welcome dinner


Tuesday July 5


'Copyright and Competition Law'
by Thomas Vinje

In principle, the objectives of copyright law and competition law are complementary in that they are both meant to promote creativity and innovation. In some cases, however, the exercise of exclusive rights runs afoul of competition rules. This session describes how these two fields of law interact.


‘Recent Case Law of the Court of Justice of the EU'
by Stef van Gompel

This session examines the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union, which has been very active in issuing preliminary rulings interpreting various provisions of the Directive on Copyright in the Information Society and others. This leads to further harmonization of copyright within the EU but it also holds its share of ambiguities.

Wednesday July 6


'Collective Administration of Rights'
by Daniel Gervais

Sometimes required by law and other times necessary due to practical reasons, rights owners must exercise their rights through collecting societies. This session outlines the general workings of a collective administration of rights system, and considers its future in a digital environment.




Evening (free)

Thursday July 7


The EU Copyright Reform Package
by Martin Senftleben

Following its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission is in the process of rolling out plans to modernise the EU copyright framework. This session discusses these plans and examines their implications.


'Limitations & Exceptions for Libraries and Archives'
by Lucie Guibault

Archives and libraries increasingly wish to engage in digitization projects, e-lending and other relevant activities. This session explores in what way the WIPO agenda and relevant EU Directives provide room for such activities.

Friday July 8


'Database Protection'
by Bernt Hugenholtz

In Europe, makers of databases enjoy an exclusive right on their databases pursuant to the European Directive on the legal protection of databases.  This session examines the scope and content of the sui generis right on databases, and discusses the case law from the European Court of Justice and the national courts.


'Digital Copyright Controversies'
by Fred von Lohmann

This session discusses the changes brought by the digital networked environment with respect to copyright infringement liability. It describes in greater detail the liability regimes that apply to Internet intermediaries, the challenges posed by user generated content online, as well as emerging solutions to these controversies.

17:00-19:00 Closing reception