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EJC/Google debate: New EU Commission Proposal on Copyright and Telecom Regulation

10 October 2016 , Belgium | CONFERENCE
EJC and Google

European Journalism Centre and Google invite you to a panel debate on the new EU Commission Proposal on Copyright and Telecom regulation in Brussels on October 10.

Streamlining and modernising EU’s copyright laws is a cornerstone of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy, which could contribute €415 billion into Europe’s economy, according to Commission estimates, boosting jobs, growth, competition, investment and innovation.

On the occasion of President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union address on September 14, the Commission finally announced its long-awaited proposals to update EU’s copyright rules for the digital age, highlighting three main priorities - better choice and access to content online and across borders, improved copyright rules benefiting the education, research, and cultural heritage sectors and a fairer and sustainable marketplace for creators, the creative industries and the press. The proposals will now be submitted to the European Parliament for debate.

Maintaining a balance between safeguarding universal accessibility (and enabling new business models) and safeguarding the intellectual property rights of legacy content producers remains a challenge today. And while the Internet has given billions of users around the world the platform and the tools for free expression, social and political engagement, and access to the world's knowledge, the Commission’s proposals suggest the introduction of a new neighboring right in EU law, which could allow publishing companies to charge online search engines and freelancers if they use links and snippets from the open internet.

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee, together with a number of businesses, associations, academics, users and the wider community, has positioned itself against the introduction of such an ancillary copyright, which would have a strong negative impact on publishers, authors in the publishing sector, rights holders, researchers, educational institutions, online service providers and Internet users. The opponents of this new right for news publishers covering digital use of their content argue that such an “attack on the link” will restrict freedom of expression, undermine access to information, and harm online innovation because the right to hyper-link is fundamental to the open Web.

EJC’s panel debate, supported by Google, will examine the challenges and opportunities of the new EU copyright proposal.

Topics to be addressed among others:

  • What is at stake?
  • How would the new neighbouring right work with the Internet, linking, sharing?
  • How would the neighbouring right impact authors in the publishing sector such as journalists, writers, photographers, and researchers?
  • How would this new right influence the public domain and the access to knowledge and information?

Agenda:

15:30 Registration

16:00 Welcome remarks by moderator

  • Wilfried Rütten, Director, European Journalism Centre

16:15 Panel debate

  • Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director, Media and Data Directorate, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament
  • Simon Morrison, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google
  • Dr Till Kreutzer, Director, IGEL - Initiative against an ancillary copyright
  • Wout van Wijk, Executive Director, News Media Europe

18:00 Concluding remarks & cocktail reception

Monday, October 10, 2016, 16:00 – 18:00
Brussels Press Club – Rue Froissart 95, 1040  Brussels

With: Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director, Media and Data Directorate, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission; Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament; Simon Morrison, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google; Dr Till Kreutzer, Director, Initiative against an ancillary copyright; Wout van Wijk, Executive Director, News Media Europe

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Location: Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels, Belgium