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Saturday, May 11 • 10:00am - 11:55am
The European Copyright Directive: Past, Present, Future

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3 Years of EU Copyright Reform - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly presented by Paul Keller
European Copyright Directive Adopted - Now What? presented by Stephen Wyber

On 22 April 2019 the European Union's Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was published in the official journal of the European Union. This moment concludes a 30 month long legislative fight about reforming the EU copyright system. It also marks the beginning of a two year period for the EU Member States to implement the new copyright rules into their national copyright laws. 

In the first part of this session, Paul Keller (COMMUNIA) will provide an overview of the EU copyright reform process. In the second part chaired by Stephen Wyber (IFLA), representatives from IFLA, COMMUNIA, Wikimedia, and Creative Commons will discuss the possibilities and strategies for positively influencing the national implementations of the directive.

The opening lecture ("5 Years of EU Copyright Reform - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly") will trace the copyright reform process back from its origins in 2014 until its conclusion earlier this year and evaluate the impact of the various measures adopted. It will evaluate where we have made progress, were we have suffered defeats and why we have ended up where we have ended up. This session draws on the experiences of COMMUNIA's five year long involvement in the copyright reform process. 

In the second part representatives from organisations promoting access to knowledge that have been closely engaged in the European copyright reform over the past years will discuss ways to positively influence the national implementations of the directive. This workshop will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in working on the implementation on the national levels to join this effort and to discuss strategy and the opportunities offered by the implementation on the national level.

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Paul Keller

Director, Open Future
Paul is the Policy Director at Open Future. He has almost 20 years of experience as a media activist, open policy advocate and systems architect to improve access to knowledge and culture. A political scientist by training, Paul has a deep understanding of the digital transformation’s... Read More →
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Stephen Wyber

Manager, Policy and Advocacy, IFLA
Stephen leads the team at IFLA working to promote a better policy environment for the world's 320 000 libraries and their billion + users. IFLA works on a range of issues from access to information to privacy, development and Internet governance, and is strongly engaged in discussions... Read More →

Saturday May 11, 2019 10:00am - 11:55am WEST
Beijing Room, 4th Floor, Museu do Oriente Av. Brasília 352, 1350-279 Lisboa, Portugal