Workshop 6

Hashtag: #eurodig_ws6

European copyright for the digital age Referring to proposal no.: 58, 78, 83, 91, 94 and 95
Find here the list of submitted proposals

Organising team / focal point:

  • Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Ludwig Maximilians University // IGF-D Youth forum
  • Mathias Schindler, Wikimedia Germany

Key participants:

  • Ellen Broad, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
  • Guido Jansen, German Association of Librarians (tbc)
  • Konstanin Komaitis, ISOC / Academia
  • Mathias Schindler, Wikimedia Germany

Moderator: tbc

Reporter: Lorena Jaume-Palasi, Ludwig Maximilians University // IGF-D Youth forum

Remote participation moderator: Sorina Teleanu, Parliamentary assistant, Parliament of Romania

Description / key focus: National and EU law is full of copyright restrictions hampering open access on science, culture and other – even public – sources. There are plenty of initiatives and projects across Europe (and abroad) to challenge and overcome such restrictions and to promote open access in various fields. On the other hand, there is a well organized and powerful content and rightholders industry preventing overdue copyright reforms for the digital age. Progress into this direction is still on a snail pace by and struggling over stumbling blocks. This WS will outline and discuss related concepts and initiatives for a European copyright approach fit for the digital age. Key questions:

  • Restrictions by current CR regimes for science and culture or open access
  • New licencing models (CC and others)
  • Challenges for GLAM (Galleries, Archives, Libraries and Museums) to promote open access

Documents: …find out more on the WIKI here



The workshop moderated by Konstantinos Komaitis (ISOC) set an open dialog with key participants Ellen Broad (IFLA), Matthias Schindler (Wikimedia) and Guido Jansen (German Association of Librarians) providing first a view of the main conflicts with regard to public interest in the copyright landscape via introductory notes.

The diverse legal cultures in the field of copyright regulation are generating a gap with respect to access to information as well as to creativity and innovation. While a worldwide international harmonization would accommodate better the challenges of the borderless nature of the internet, it must also find the balance with efficient models based on local cultural particularities –which should be encouraged and taken into consideration.

Since its very beginning copyright regulation has focused preeminently on distribution and licensing. In this respect, an adequate balance of limitations and exceptions to copyright, or “fair dealing”, for the public interest and educational purposes must be rethought as part of an international set of standards. Moreover, creators are the source of innovation and thus need to become a salient center of attention for regulators. In that sense, European institutions are encouraged to continue its outreach work putting special effort on the inclusion of stakeholders and sectors with higher participation barriers and hence less visibility due to lack of capacity, financial or educational resources such as youth, civil society as well as small and medium sized enterprises.

The workshop resumed the discussion in the following key messages:

  1. The intended purpose and the current function of copyright laws need to be rethinked
  2. Copyright laws permit different things online and offline. Considering the current digital reality, the same rights that apply offline should also apply online.
  3. Multistakeholder dialogue and collaboration to elaborate on new alternative copyright regulation is mostly encouraged

Read the transcript here!