Programme 2017 – ICL Summer Course

July 3
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 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.
17:30-19:30 Boat tour on Amsterdam canals and welcome dinner


July 4
9:30-12:30 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.
14:00-17:00 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.


July 5
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)


July 6
9:30-12:30 The EU Copyright Reform Package
by Stef van Gompel
Following its Digital Single Market Strategy, the European Commission has rolled out a set of plans to modernise the EU copyright framework. This session discusses these plans and examines their implications.
14:00-17:00 Restating Copyright Law for the 21st Century
by Pamela Samuelson
This session discusses copyright reform initiatives, such as the ongoing project of the American Law Institute on a Restatement of the Law on Copyright and the model European Copyright Code of the Wittem project, and how they may influence the future development of copyright law.


July 7
9:30-12:30 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.
14:00-17:00 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