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21st September 2023

IIC Italy Chapter Event – Pluralism and copyright in the age of artificial intelligence – in person

Chapter event

Date: Thursday 21 September 2023
Time: 09:15am – 12:00pm (CST)

Event overview

Generative artificial intelligence promises to open up new horizons for human creativity, thus offering a wide range of opportunities for knowledge and growth and at the same time new markets for rights holders.

In recent months, however, disputes about generative AI have exploded in almost all areas of intellectual property law: from copyright to patents, from trademarks to rights of publicity. They have concerned both the use of IP-protected works for the use of generative AI models and the question of whether the resulting images, texts and inventions can or should be protected as intellectual property.

The legal questions these controversies raise are profound and far-reaching: if the works produced by generative AI algorithms are not eligible for copyright, then what is their legal status? If they are not intellectual property, can they be owned by anyone – and if so, by whom? Are there any restrictions on the collection of data by AI?

But in order to fully appreciate the legal dimensions of the phenomenon, practitioners must first understand the potential of such a sophisticated and rapidly evolving technology to be a key factor capable of challenging the economic premise on which intellectual property law is based, which goes beyond data protection issues.

All this in a context in which regulation in the digital sphere, starting from the European context (see DSA), is attempting to offer a common shared framework in an increasingly complex and difficult context to harmonise.

In this regard, the role of the national authorities becomes crucial to ensure that the phenomenon can be regulated in a broader perspective and not only under the lens – indispensable, but necessarily not exclusive – of personal data protection, thus taking into account the various interests and drives at play, so that this kaleidoscope of positions and perspectives, on the one hand, does not hamper innovation and, on the other, does not foster socially worrying and unacceptable outcomes.

This event was held in Italian and in-person.

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Alberto Barachini Under-secretary of State to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers

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Alessandra Santacroce Institutional Relations Director, IBM Italia

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Andrea Stazi Regulatory Affairs Lead, South Europe and Academic Outreach Europe, Google

Andrea Stazi, Regulatory Affairs Lead for South Europe and Academic Outreach Europe at Google. Andrea leads on the regulatory issues and campaigns in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Malta & Cyprus, along with managing the academic outreach in Europe. He is also an Associate Professor of Comparative Law and New Technologies Law and Director of the InnoLawLab at European University of Rome, and Visiting Professor in Biotechnology Law at National University of Singapore. He authored many scientific publications, among which the books “Smart Contracts and Comparative Law”, Springer 2021, and “Biotechnological Inventions and Patentability of Life”, Edward Elgar 2015.

Previously, Mr Stazi was Advisor to the Chairman of the Italian Communications Authority and to the Italian Undersecretary of Defense, Visiting Professor in Law and Technology at the Singapore Management University, Research Associate at the FLACSO University of Buenos Aires, Max Planck Institute for Competition & IP Law of Munich, Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam, and Coordinator of the Master in Competition and Innovation Law at Luiss University of Rome and Adjunct Professor at the University of Bologna. Ph.D. in Competition Law, he participated in the Executive Program in Exponential Technologies of the Singularity University.

Antongiulio Lombardi Regulatory Affairs Director, WindTre

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Augusto Preta (Dr) President, IIC Italian Chapter; CEO, ITMedia Consulting

Augusto Preta is a consultant, economist and market analyst, with long-established experience in the field of content media and digital markets. As Founder and CEO at ITMedia Consulting, he has assisted and advised for almost 30 years, public institutions, authorities and major companies in media, telecommunications and the internet industries.

Mr Preta is Member of the SIE (Società Italiana degli Economisti).  He has been a visiting professor on Media Economics at Urbino University, Sassari University e Università Cattolica di Milano for almost 20 years, and has been involved in many research projects, writing influential papers and cooperating with organisations such as: Aspen Institute, European Law and Economics Society, Luigi Einaudi Foundation. He is author of “Economia dei contenuti” (2008) and “TV and relevant markets” (2013). He co-authored with Gerard Pogorel the Fondation Robert Schuman research report  “Convergence in Media and Telecom in face of Covid-19” (2020).

Mr Preta is a member of the IIC Board of Directors and President of the Italian Chapter.


Erik Lambert Director, The Silver Lining Project

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Francesco Posteraro Lawyer, Portolano Cavallo

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Giacomo Lasorella President, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Giacomo Lasorella is, since October 2, 2020, President of Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM), the independent Italian regulatory Authority in charge of electronic communications, media and postal services.

A lawyer and expert in legislation and in parliamentary procedure, Mr Lasorella has been Deputy Secretary General of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and he has held for many years the responsibility to assist the President and the vice Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies in conducting the work of the Assembly.

In his long career as parliamentary officer (to which he was appointed after an official public contest), he was also Secretary of the Communication Parliamentary Commission and responsible of the staff to the Parliamentary Commission on radio and television services.

Mr Lasorella is a contract Professor of parliamentary law at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, and he is author of many publications on parliamentary and constitutional law published in relevant academic journals.

Ginevra Cerrina Feroni Vice President of the Data Protection Authority

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Giuseppe Abbamonte Director of Media Policy DG Connect

Giuseppe Abbamonte was appointed Director of the Media and Data Directorate in January 2014. The Directorate is, amongst many other things, responsible for the development and follow-up of the European regulatory framework on audiovisual media and the European Big Data Strategy.

Shortly after his appointment as Director, Mr Abbamonte delivered a major Communication setting out the Commission’s strategy on Data called “Towards a thriving data-driven economy” and set up the European Public Private Partnership on Big Data Value.
Recently, he delivered the new legislative proposal amending the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, adopted by the European Commission on 25 May 2016.

In his former positions, Mr Abbamonte was the head of the electronic communications policy unit and then of the cybersecurity and on-line privacy unit. As part of the latter job, he supervised and directed the elaboration of the European Cybersecurity Strategy and of a proposal for a European law on network and information security. He also has an extensive experience in complex merger cases and in consumer law.

Before joining the Commission he was an associate in an international law firm in Milan for four years (1989/1992), where he dealt mainly with commercial law and competition law.

Mr Abbamonte is the author of several publications mainly in English law magazines.

Giuseppe Francesco Italiano Luiss Guido Carli University

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Marco Bassini Tilburg University

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Massimiliano Capitanio Commissioner, Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM)

Massimiliano Capitanio, a graduate of Modern Literature from the Catholic University of Milan, is a professional journalist and former Member of the Chamber of Deputies at the Italian Parliament. Since May 2022 he has held the position of Commissioner at Agcom, the Italian Communications Authority, within the Infrastructure and Networks Commission.

From 2018 to 2022, he served as Secretary of the Parliamentary Commission for the General Guidance and Supervision of Radio and Television Services.
Throughout his career, he has always been deeply involved in matters of digitization, innovation, copyright protection, and the battle against piracy. Furthermore, he has spearheaded numerous legislative initiatives, including the reintroduction of civics and digital education in schools.

Simona Rossitto Journalist, Il Sole24Ore - Radiocor

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09:15 Reception & Welcome Refreshments
09:40 Welcome address

Giacomo Lasorella, President AGCOM

Augusto Preta, President, IIC Italy Chapter


09:50 Keynote speeches

Erik Lambert, IIC Italy Chapter

Generative AI: characteristics, opportunities and risks
Giuseppe Francesco Italiano, Luiss Guido Carli University

Legal issues related to the use of generative AI
Marco Bassini, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Copyright in the age of generative AI
Francesco Posteraro, Lawyer Portolano Cavallo

10:30 Roundtable: The role of the European institutions and national authorities



11:15 Roundtable: The role of the industry



11:40 Conclusions
12:00 Close
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Event details
21st September 2023
Rome, Italy
Sala Angrisani, Agcom - Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni, Via Isonzo 21/b, Rome

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