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Renowned copyright expert visits Faculty

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Published on Friday, 19 February 2016

The Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance hosted one of Europe's most renowned copyright scholars for a presentation on Wednesday, 17 February.

Prof. Dr. Christophe Geiger from the CEIPI in Strasbourg gave an overview of EU copyright policy from 2008 to 2015, focusing on the 2015 European Commission Communication “Toward a modern, more European copyright framework” and the very recent Commission proposal for a Regulation on the cross-border portability of online content services in the internal market.

Identifying those areas of copyright law that require reform, Prof. Geiger highlighted the unexhausted potential of contractual agreements, in particular in relation to access for the purposes of libraries, teaching and research.

In addition, he underlined the necessity for a significant change in EU copyright law in the near future and suggested a number of initiatives, such as the drafting of a European Unitary Copyright Title, encouraging and assisting in developing contractual initiatives supported by a proposed “Observatory of Access to Copyrighted Work”, or improving the harmonisation of crucial limitations and exceptions in the EU.

In the subsequent discussion a number of further interesting points were raised with questions from the audience.

Prof. Geiger's two-day visit to the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance further included participation as jury member in the defence of a PhD dissertation and a meeting with the Dean, Professor Stefan Braum.

Photo: University of Luxembourg - Christophe Geiger is Professor, Director General and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg. He is a widely recognised expert in European and international intellectual property law, and has published extensively in French, English and German.