The European Copyright Society (la Société européenne du droit d’auteur) was founded in January 2012 with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright Law and policy. Its members are scholars and academics from various countries of Europe, seeking to articulate and promote their views of the overall public interest on all topics in the field of authors rights, neighbouring rights and related matters.

The Society is neither funded nor instructed by any particular stakeholders. Its Opinions represent the independent views of a majority of ECS members.

The Society also convenes public conferences and workshops to discuss its Opinions and the reform of EU copyright law.

Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz announcing the formation of the ECS in Brussels in 2012.