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Join us for the Filtered Futures conference on 19 September 2022

On September 19th, 2022, we are organising — together with Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte — the Filtered Futures conference on fundamental rights constraints of upload filters after the CJEU ruling on Article 17 of the copyright directive.

The CJEU decision on Article 17 of the copyright directive has defined a framework for the use of automated content moderation. The Court considers filtering obligations compatible with the right to freedom of expression and information as long as they are limited to use cases that allow for a robust automated distinction between legal and illegal content. In the context of Article 17, upload filters may therefore only be used by online platforms to block manifest infringements of copyright law. The Court leaves it up to the Member States to ensure that legal uses remain unaffected by their national transpositions of Article 17.

The judgment raises a host of important questions for the enforcement of copyright law as well as for the compatibility of upload filters with fundamental rights even beyond copyright law. To discuss these consequences, COMMUNIA and Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte are jointly hosting the Filtered Futures conference on Monday, September 19th, at Robert-Bosch-Stiftung in Berlin. Please see below for the preliminary conference programme. A more detailed version of the programme with session descriptions will follow in early September.

Registrations for attending the conference in person are now open. Please consider that participation is limited. Registrations will be considered on a first come, first serve basis.


08:45-09:15 Registration

09:15-09:45 Opening remarks (Felix Reda, GFF)

09:45-10:00 Coffee break

10:00-12:00 Session 1: Fragmentation or Harmonization? Impact of the Judgment on National Implementations (Christina Angelopoulous, Jasmin Brieske, Finn Hümmer, Bernd Justin Jütte. Chair: Paul Keller, COMMUNIA)

12:00-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-15:00 Session 2: Balancing Copyright & Usage Rights in Practice (Daniel Holznagel, Martin Husovec, Natasha Mangal. Chair: Felix Reda, GFF)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:00 Session 3: Beyond filters: Impacts of the Judgment on Freedom of Expression (Sabine Jacques, Till Kreutzer, Kevin O’Sullivan. Chair: Teresa Nobre, COMMUNIA)

17:00-19:00 COMMUNIA Reception

Participation is free of charge and a light lunch will be served.

A satire on the art business in which art experts and dealers who assess paintings are depicted as donkeys. After the drawing by Trémolières in the Hessisches Landes Museum in Darmstadt (cropped).
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