Save the Date: The New EU Copyright Exceptions – A Model for the World?

Could the new mandatory exceptions in the EU Copyright Directive serve as a model to solve some of the most pressing international-level problems around education and research?

Join us on February 15th at 15:00 CET in an online panel discussion co-hosted by COMMUNIA, Wikimedia Deutschland, and the Right to Research in International Copyright Law project* to discuss this question.

The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market greatly facilitates important activities, such as text and data mining or online teaching in cross-border settings. The value of these provisions is clearer than ever. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have all witnessed a shift to the digital environment and it is clear that online learning and research are here to stay.

Unfortunately, these new limitations and exceptions to copyright only apply in Europe. The vast majority of educators and researchers in other parts of the world, particularly in the Global South, lack such provisions and, as a result, are not always able to undertake these activities. The current state of legal fragmentation also severely limits cross-border collaboration, demonstrating the need for a global solution. Important fora, including the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, have discussed many of these topics for over 15 years but so far have failed to deliver a solution.

We invite you to participate in this online event and follow the discussion of a distinguished panel of experts on whether and how the provisions of the EU Copyright Directive should serve as a model for multilateral instruments or trade agreements.


  • Marco Giorello (Head of the Copyright Unit at the European Commission, DG CNECT)
  • Ruth L. Okediji (Jeremiah Smith. Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center)
  • Erry Prasetyo (Intellectual Property and Trade Disputes Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia) 
  • Catherine Stihler (Chief Executive Officer at Creative Commons) 
  • Moderated by Teresa Nobre (Vice-President of COMMUNIA)

Please register here in advance. Registered participants will receive detailed information on how to join ahead of the event.

Update: Those who weren’t among the first 100 registrations will be able to follow the synced live stream on YouTube.

*The Project on the Right to Research in International Copyright is supported by Arcadia – a charitable fund by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin

Etching of a printer's press by Abraham Bosse.
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