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ECS-Conference 2020: Fundamental Rights and Copyright in the European Multi-Layer Legal System +++ CANCELED / ENTFÄLLT +++

15.05.2020 Karlsruhe, Germany

The European Copyright Society (la Société européenne du droit d’auteur) was founded in January 2012 with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright Law and policy. Its members are scholars and academics from various countries of Europe, seeking to articulate and promote their views of the overall public interest on all topics in the field of authors rights, neighbouring rights and related matters. Each year, ECS discusses in a one-day conference current issues of copyright law and policy.

After the decisions Pelham, Funke Medien NRW and Spiegel Online handed down by the CJEU, this year’s ECS-Conference 2020 will discuss the role of fundamental rights for the interpretation and application of harmonized copyright law within the European multi-layer legal system. The issues raised include questions such as which fundamental rights (national of European) are to be applied, what room is left to national courts for balancing the protection of property with freedoms of speech, expression and the press, and, in particular, to what extent the balancing of fundamental rights relates to the ordinary meaning of the statutory wording can lead to broad instead of a narrow interpretation of copyright’s limitations and exceptions.

The ECS-Conference 2020 brings together practitioners, judges from national jurisdictions and from the CJEU as well as representatives from the national authorities.

The language of the conference is English.

Organized by:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – Zentrum für Angewandte Rechtswissenschaft (ZAR)


Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreier +49/721/608-46376

Administration: Anja Pflittner +49/721/608-43395


Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe

Anselm Feuerbach-Saal

Hans-Thoma-Straße 2-6

76133 Karlsruhe


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