Upload Filters, Publisher’s Right and Beyond: A Critical Analysis of the EU Copyright Reform

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

Recently, the European Union adopted the comprehensive Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. The Directive contains several controversial provisions, such as the (possible) introduction of upload filters for User-Upload-Platforms like YouTube and a neighbouring right for press publishers (“link tax”) and will result in a comprehensive reform of European Copyright Law. The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the key elements of the Directive. We will focus on a critical analysis and highlight the most relevant changes to the current EU Copyright Framework.

Prof. Clemens Appl is Head of the Center for Intellectual Property, Media and Innovation Law at the Danube-University Krems in Austria. He is a full professor for International, European and Austrian Copyright Law. He has extensive expertise in the fields of intellectual property and technology law, especially with regard to standardization, software and open innovation. Furthermore he does research in the fields of data protection law, trade secrets and competition law. Clemens Appl authored a number of publications in these fields. He is chairman of FTR – Research Association for Law and Technology (Austria) and board member of the Research Association INFOLAW (Austria). Appl is co-organizer of the Austrian IP-DAY (www.ip-day.at), the Österreichischer IT-Rechtstag (Austrian IT-Law Day) and the Forum Wettbewerbsrecht (Forum Competition law). In addition to his teaching and research activities at the Danube-University Krems an the Vienna University of Economics and Business he is frequently invited to give expert presentations in the fields of intellectual property and competition law. He has been principal investigator of an extensive research project dealing with a balanced prosumer-oriented copyright system (www.u-g-c.at). Appl presently leads a citizen science project on participatory policymaking in the field of copyright.

Philipp Homar studied Law (University of Vienna) and Theatre-, Film and Media Studies (University of Vienna). After completing his studies, he joined the IT|IP Law Group of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where he was working as a Teaching and Research Associate. In 2018, Philipp Homar joined the Danube-University Krems, where he is currently working as Senior Scientist. In 2019, he co-founded the Center of IP, Media and Innovation Law. His primary fields of research are copyright and media law and he is currently finishing his dissertation on remuneration rights in copyright law. Philipp Homar is involved in several third-party funded research projects and is the author of several publications on copyright law and regularly speaking at national and international conferences.

All are welcome!