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Phasing Out Copyright : How to Set Limits to the Long Term of Copyright Protection

October 10, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property and Head of the Private Law Department at the VU University Amsterdam, and Senior Consultant at Bird & Bird will present at a forthcoming SCRIPT Seminar at the University of Edinburgh on 10th October, between 1pm and 2pm.

Mr. Senftleben’s activities focus on the reconciliation of private intellectual property rights with competing public interests of a social, cultural or economic nature. Current research topics concern flexible fair use copyright limitations, the enforcement of copyright in the digital environment, trademark law and the preservation of the public domain, and the liability of online platforms for the infringement of trademark rights.

Mr. Senftleben studied law at the University of Heidelberg. Prior to his appointment at the VU University in 2007, he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam and the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law in Munich. In 2004, he was awarded a doctorate by the University of Amsterdam. From 2004 to 2007, he was a legal officer in the Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization. His publications in Dutch, English, French and German cover substantive and procedural aspects of the protection of intellectual property. Mr. Senftleben has been an advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Dutch Ministry of Justice. He is a member of the Executive Committee of ALAI, editor-in-chief of the Dutch journal Copyright, Media and Information Law and a guest lecturer at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, the EBS University of Business and Law, and the Institute for Film, Theatre and Media Sciences of the University of Vienna.

The paper underlying the talk is available to download from the Social Science Research Network.