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No 29 (June 2002/Juin 2002/Juni 2002)
"European Copyright Revisited" is the title of an international conference organised by the European Commission's Internal Market Directorate-General in co-operation with the Spanish Presidency. The conference will take place in Santiago de Compostela on 16-18 June 2002, in the beautiful venue of the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos beside the cathedral. Commissioner Frits Bolkestein and the Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Pilar del Castillo Vera, will open the two-day conference.
This conference is the fifth in a series of international meetings that have been organised by the Commission on copyright and neighbouring rights. Once again, the intention is to create a forum aimed at reaching a better understanding of the legal, technical and political developments taking place in the copyright field. 250 top representatives of industry, Member States, future Member States, other countries, international organisations, consumer representatives and rights holders will attend the conference.
With a European Union harmonisation process which has progressively been put into place over the last ten years and the recent adoption of a further two Directives in the area (Copyright and related rights in the Information Society and the Resale Right), the Commission felt that the time was right for a stocktaking exercise on the functioning of all seven Directives, in global as well as European terms.
The emphasis will be on practical experience of the way EU law in this field works. For this reason and for the first time, the work of the conference will start with a Round Table of judges from various Member States.
However, other key issues will also be discussed in depth. A panel will tackle the subject of digital rights management, very topical in the light of fast-moving technological developments particularly on the internet. Another panel will look at the principle of territoriality (which is an inherent feature of copyright protection) as opposed to the notion of country of origin which has evolved for some forms of distribution across frontiers of protected intellectual property.
A final panel will take an international view, giving participants the chance to explain what they expect from the work of international organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).