Programme 2020 – ICL Summer Course

Below the 2020 programme (that was cancelled due to Covid-19) as an example for the 2021 course:

Monday July 6
8:45-9:15 Welcome
9:15-9:30 Opening session
by Bernt Hugenholtz
9:30-12:30 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.
14:00-17:00 Trade and Investment Agreements
by Daniel Gervais
This session focuses on the TRIPS agreement, administered by the WTO, and recent trade and investment agreements (CETA, TTIP, TPP, ISDS). 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.
17:30-19:30 Boat tour on Amsterdam canals and welcome dinner
Tuesday July 7
9:30-12:30 Protecting Authorship in the EU
by Stef van Gompel
Authors are at the heart of the creative industries. However, beyond the intrinsic link between author and work, there is little harmonisation of rules defining authorship in the EU. This session examines the concept of the work, the (few) rules on authorship, and the relationship between authors and publishers, in particular through new rules on exploitation contracts. The aim is to explore the question whether the interests of authors are sufficiently protected by the current EU legal framework.
14:00-17:00 Intermediary Liability and Online Copyright Enforcement
by Martin Senftleben
As the information economy has become increasingly digital and online, rightholders have struggled to enforce their rights and update their business models. In recent years, the safe harbours that traditionally protected internet intermediaries have come under sustained attack, with mounting pressure to expand both duties of care and liability for user-uploaded content. This session will discuss the current state of play in this fast-moving and controversial area of copyright law.
Wednesday July 8
9:30-12:30 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.
Afternoon (free)
Evening (free)
Thursday July 9
9:30-12:30 Digital Cultural Heritage
by Stef van Gompel
Archives and libraries increasingly wish to engage in digitization projects and other relevant activities. This session examines the legal implications of mass-digitization projects, like Europeana, and explores in what way the relevant EU directives provide room for such activities, touching upon the issue of orphan and out-of-print works, and cross-border rights clearance.
14:00-17:00 Why Copyright Laws Have Exceptions and Limitations
by Pamela Samuelson
National copyright laws routinely include limitations and exceptions (L&Es). Some are relatively ubiquitous, and some are unusual. Among the topics of discussion are different justifications for various types of L&Es, new L&Es under consideration in the EU and internationally, interest in harmonization of L&Es, ways in which nations can achieve flexibility in copyright laws without fair use, when and why some L&Es are overridable by contract and some are not, and the extent to which the TRIPS Agreement inhibits national adoption of L&Es.
Friday July 10
9:30-12:30 Tbd Tbd
14:00-17:00 Data, Databases and AI
by Bernt Hugenholtz
Data are essential input for Artificial Intelligence driven  applications, making data an increasingly valuable commodity. Are data protected by intellectual property rights, or may data be freely harvested and shared? Is text and data mining for the purposes of AI development permitted? This seminar looks at various ways of protecting data, and focuses on the sui generis database right  enshrined in the EU Directive on the legal protection of databases.The seminar also examines the new text and data mining exemption of the forthcoming EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive.
17:00-19:00 Closing reception