European Copyright Society Conference 

A Copyright for Authors and Performers

24 May 2019 – Oslo 


Under the topic ‘A Copyright for Authors and Performers,’ the ECS aims, through various contributions of ECS members, to engage in a debate as to how creators and performing artists’ interests can be safeguarded in the current technological and economic environment.




08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome address

9:15 – 10:15 Session 1: Introductory Perspectives

Chair : Prof. Ole-Andreas Rognstad, University of Oslo

Prof. Jonathan Griffiths, Queen Mary University of London Fundamental Rights – Authors’ and Performers Rights as Grounded in the European Legal Order

Prof.Martin Kretschmer, CREATe Center, University of Glasgow – The Result of CREATe’s Rerun of the 2006 survey of UK Authors’ Earnings and Contracts

Prof.Estelle Derclaye, University of Nottingham Serendipity – How the CJEU’s Case Law Has Positively Affected Authors in the UK and Ireland

10:15 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 11:30  Session 2: Copyright and Neighbouring Rights

Chair Prof. Thomas Dreier, Universitãt Karlsruhe

Prof.Bernt Hugenholtz, University of Amsterdam – Neighbouring Rights are Passé

Prof.Valerie Laure Benabou, Université d’Aix-Marseille – Rightholders as Human Beings: Does It Make a Difference?

Prof. Alexander Peukert, University of Frankfurt – Publishers as Members of Collective Management Organisations

11:45 – 12:30 Session 3: Contracts

Chair: Prof. Reto Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich

Prof. Severine Dusollier, Sciences Po Law School  – An Effective Protection of Creators and Performers through a Comprehensive Contractual Protection

Prof. Marie-Christine Jansens, KU Leuven – “Open Access” Provisions in Copyright Contract Law to the Benefit of (Scientific) Authors

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch – Venue: “Frokostkjelleren”

13:30 – 15:00 Session 4: Remuneration Rights

Chair: Prof. Reto Hilty, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, Munich

Prof. Raquel Xalabarder, Universitat Oberta Catalunya – Remuneration rights and how they fit within EU acquis?

Prof.Thomas Riis, University of Copenhagen – Property Rights and Remunerations Rights – A Matter of Enforcement

Prof.Alain Strowel, UCLouvain, Brussels – For a Remuneration Benefiting the Press, against a New Exclusive or Remuneration Right

Prof.Christophe Geiger, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg – Towards a Limitation-based Remuneration for Creative Use

15:00 – 15:15 Break

15:15 – 16:15 Session 5: Two (and a Half) Perspectives on Article 17 DSM Directive

Chair : Prof.Marco Ricolfi, Turin Law School

Prof. Axel Metzger, Humboldt Universität, Berlin – Article 17 DSM Directive: A (tentative) cost-benefit Analisis

Prof. Martin Senftleben, VU University, Amsterdam – Value Gap: Article 17 DSM Directive 

Prof.Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt University, US – Article 17 DSM Directive 

16:15 – 17:00 Session 6: Questions on Authorship

Chair : Prof.Marco Ricolfi, Turin Law School

Prof. Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge – Disaggregating the Authorship Function in Copyright Law

Prof. Tatiana Synodinou, University of Cyprus – Co-creatorship in the Digital Sphere


Conference venue: Room “Gamle Festsal”, Faculty of Law,
Karl Johans gate 47, Oslo, Domus Academica.

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