The online future for copyright and IP: copyright reform, IPR enforcement and the debate on intermediary liability
IIC UK CHAPTER EVENT
30 NoVember 2017
Hosted by Oxera, London
As the Commission’s proposals on copyright reform, geo-blocking and online retransmission regulation progress through Parliament, the ever-changing balance between distributors and content producers is high on the agenda. This was the topic of discussion at this UK Chapter event of the IIC at Oxera.
Chaired by Richard Hooper CBE, there were four presentations covering different aspects of this broad topic.
Ros Lynch (UK IPO) opened the discussion explaining the current reform proposals being debated in Europe and the UK’s continued interaction with the Commission and Member States on these topics.
Jonathan Lockwood (Getty Images) provided an overview of the diverse scope of operations of Getty Images and spoke about the current and potential future developments in the online copyright regime for images (drawing on legal precedents and on-going cases).
Felipe Florez Duncan (Oxera) provided an overview of how the European Commission’s on-going pay-TV competition case and related regulatory developments (such as the Commission’s proposals for copyright reform) might affect the provision and production of pay TV services in Europe.
Finally, Adam Kinsley (Sky) spoke about the problems with illegal hosting of content and the challenges from new technologies like Kodi boxes that make it easier to circumvent copyright protections.
The presentations were followed by a lively discussion on various topics such as:
- the hosting liability exemption and ability of online intermediaries to ‘frame’ content without incurring copyright liability (Framing involves embedding content, or in line linking to content hosted on another site)
- how related developments may impact copyright matters online such as the UK DCMS Green paper consultation on Internet Safety, and proposed European guidelines for platforms on dealing with illegal content.
- Brexit as a possible opportunity for the UK to amend parts of the e-commerce Directive.
- A discussion over the illegality of Kodi boxes, and the practical difficulty of enforcing the law to stop illegal use of these boxes.
Director of Policy, Sky
Partner, Oxera Consulting LLP
Vice President, Coprorate Legal Counsel, Getty Images
Chairman, Broadband Stakeholder Group (UK)
Director, United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
- Monday, 11 December 2017