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The placement of authors and practising artists in the supply chain needs to be strengthened – of that there’s currently wide political consensus. As with conferences in previous years, the Initiative Urheberrecht’s 5th Conference will discuss ideas for development – also within an international legal framework – so that this goal can be reached. The responsibility of intermediaries and of politics in this context will be discussed.

In November 2017, there’ll be a new government and a new parliament in Germany. The developments in Europe – and in the US – should, in the opinion of Initiative Urheberreht, be followed with interest from Germany.

The all-day conference, which takes place on November 20, 2017, in the Berlin Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste Berlin) on Pariser Platz, will focus on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which will be 20 years old in the coming year. Internationally renowned legal expert Professor Jane Ginsberg (University of Colombia, New York) will provide a keynote speech on this topic.

German and French copyright politics act as a barometer for European politics as a whole. Due to the current situation in Brussels, the two legal systems will be analysed and compared this autumn.

In previous years, keynote speeches and panels developed clear predictions and ideas for the future, such as the idea, presented by Professors Leistner and Metzger to the conference for the first time at the beginning of 2017 and published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, for a solution to problems experienced by artists using online platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo:

Their suggestion was discussed subsequently by members of the European Parliament (MEPs). This year, the focus will remain on EU copyright reform. MEPs Ehler and Kammerevert (both successful news correspondents) will speak on this topic. Other top politicians and scientists have been invited, as well as representatives of the culture industry, for example members of the music industry.

Initiative Urheberrecht is cooperating with ALAI Deutschland for the conference. ALAI Deutschland is the German section of the Paris-based Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, which was founded by Victor Hugo and which operates worldwide. The ALAI’s goal is to advocate appropriate and international protection of authors’ rights, as well as to promote science and research in the area of national and international copyright.