Programme 2018 – ICL Summer Course

Monday
July 2
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 3
9:30-12:30 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.
14:00-17:00 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.

 

Wednesday
July 4
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.
Afternoon (free)
Evening (free)

 

Thursday
July 5
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 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 6
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 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