‘Copyright and Brexit’ as part of CREATe Public Lectures

Prof Martin Kretschmer (Director, CREATe) offering a CREATe tartan scarf to Prof. Thomas Hoppner as a ‘thank you’ for coming to give a Public Lecture.

Academics are arguing that aspects of the proposed EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, such as the press publishers right, will be harmful for access to information and digital dissemination of news. This view has been supported by CREATe public lectures hosted recently in Glasgow.

  • Proposed EU Directive (Read here).
  • Kretschmer’s CREATe Public Lecture (Read and see here).
  • Xalabarder’s Public Lecture (Read and see here).

But, are there any merits of a related right for press publishers in the proposed directive?
Are there any economical and technological perspectives of such a right?
Are there any lessons for the post-Brexit UK copyright regime?

On February 14th, Thomas Hoppner (Partner at Hausfeld, Berlin, a global law firm; Professor of Civil Law, Business Law and Intellectual Property Law, Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences; &; Visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) spoke on “EU copyright reform: the case for a related right for press publishers”.


creating_a_digital_single_market_2On September 14th 2016, the European Commission presented a package of proposed copyright reforms under the banner of promoting a Digital Single Market (DSM). Amongst others, the proposal includes an exclusive right of press publishers for the digital publication of their press publications.

The proposal has been criticised by academics arguing that the right lacked a justification and would interfere with the access to information (see above). Picking up on this lecture against a publishers’ right, Prof. Hoeppner investigated the merits of such a right. To this end, the lecture attempted to outline the economic and technical background including the developments in the consumption of press publications since the current legislation came into force. The lecture then presented arguments in favour of the proposed right and examined the counter-arguments raised against it.

A video recording of the event with full transcript will be added to this page soon.

Where & When
Humanities Lecture Theatre (University of Glasgow)
Tuesday 14 February 2017, 17:30-19:00

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For queries, please contact event chair Dr Sukhpreet Singh

Venue Highlight

The Humanities Lecture Theatre is the University’s only lecture theatre preserved in its original Victorian wooden amphitheatre layout, and marked as Room 255 on this map. It can be accessed off the West Quadrangle, or (easier to find) via the Lion and Unicorn staircase from Professors’ Square.

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