Understanding Society

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TILT seminar by Mireille van Eechoud

Topic: "The limits of lawmaking: Why a new intellectual property right won't save the media”


In the current political climate, the key role media play as public watchdogs is both undisputed and under siege. Legacy print media struggle to make the shift to digital because the internet and the rise of social media have profoundly changed the landscape for news production and consumption. In response to those challenges, the EU plans to introduce a new exclusive right in information. The proposals for a press publishers right have drawn intense criticism, also from academics across Europe (see e.g. http://www.ivir.nl/nl/academics-against-press-publishers-right/). Decision-making is at a critical stage. In this lecture we take a closer look at the problems facing media, at the different proposals on the table & and the effects they are likely to produce. 


Mireille van Eechoud is professor of information law at the University of Amsterdam, IViR. Het key areas of research are access to information, intellectual property and open data policy-making. Van Eechoud directs the LLM programme Informatierecht. Among other things, she is a member of the Commissie Auteursrecht (the Ministry of Justice's advisory body on copyright policy) and of the Advisory Council of the Dutch Dataprotection Authority. She is also vice-president of the Dutch Copyright Society (Vereniging voor Auteursrecht) and member of the Excecutive Committee of ALAI, the international copyright association.

Registration is free, but please register via Ghislaine van den Maagdenberg: g.vdnmaagdenberg@tilburguniversity.edu

Location: M 1003

When: 11 December 2018 12:00

End date: 11 December 2018 13:30