Giuseppe Mazziotti (CEPS, Brussels): The Politics of EU Copyright Law

Starts: Wednesday 5 December 2012 6:00 pm
Ends: Wednesday 5 December 2012 8:00 pm
Event type Seminar
Location Elliott Jacques, room 110
The seminar will shed light on the political processes that led to the enactment of current copyright rules at EU level, as well as to the idea of a Digital Single Market into the domain of creative content. Giuseppe Mazziotti is chairman of CEPS's multi-stakeholder task force on digital copyright.
The process of copyright harmonization started more than 20 years ago in a rather unambitious and specific way and ended up covering the most important aspects of an area of law that, in the Internet age, inevitably touches upon commercial, cultural and communication and innovation policies. In the absence of a unified copyright framework (whose creation is still politically unrealistic) the main objective of EU policy makers has always been that of making the territorial (i.e., national) dimension of copyright's entitlements compatible with the logic of the EU Common Market. To this end, following the case law of the European Court of Justice, EU law-makers created rules that made it possible for physical products embodying copyrighted works to freely circulate in the whole EU territory. Nowadays, with the advent of new technologies and the quick expansion of digital settings, the EU is seeking to implement the idea of a "Digital Single Market" into the domain of creative content, whose production, distribution and exploitation are increasingly cross-border. On the grounds of his experience as IP counsel and chairman of CEPS's multi-stakeholder task force on digital copyright in Brussels, Giuseppe Mazziotti will talk about how European law- and policy-makers see today's main copyright challenges and how they intend to respond to seemingly irreconcilable claims coming from the creative industries, on-line intermediaries, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), mobile telecommunications operators, hardware manufacturers, consumer advocates, academics and civil society organizations.

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