The referendum on EU membership that took place in the United Kingdom in June 2016 and the release of the Copyright Package by the European Commission in September of the same year could prove to be two decisive events for the future of copyright. It was in this context that the Journal on Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) organised on 16 January 2017 a conference in London.
The conference, hosted by Simmons & Simmons, opened with a keynote speech by Professor Maciej Szpunar, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union. This was immediately followed by a panel discussion on the future of EU copyright moderated by Dr Eleonora Rosati (University of Southampton and JIPLP) and with Alberto Bellan (Hogan Lovells), Dr Cédric Manara (Google), Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon (University of Southampton) and IFRRO’s Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères as panellists. In his intervention, Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères stressed that the proposed EU directive on copyright takes into account the solutions developed by rightholders, as shown by the licence override mechanism included in Article 4. He also highlighted that in view of the recent case-law of the Court of Justice of the EU there is a need to ensure that both authors and publishers can continue to receive a share of fair compensation for uses made under an exception.
A second session focused on the future of UK copyright, with a keynote speech by Sir Richard Arnold, Judge of the High Court of England and Wales - Chancery Division, and a panel moderated by Darren Meale (Simmons & and IPEC Deputy District Judge) with Charlotte May QC (8 New Square), Dr Nicholas Saunders (Brick Court Chambers) and Kiaron Whitehead (BPI) as panellists. Among the topics discussed were the possible need to revise the UK Copyright Law and the implications that a UK exit from the European Union could have for copyright.
Find further information on the conference here.