Date: 31st October-1st November, 2022
Venue: University of Cyprus,
Anastasios Leventis Building, Room B 108 and online
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The relationship of copyright law with to public interest is often seen as unbalanced, biased, or dysfunctional. The evolution and structure of EU copyright law is characterized by an approach which emphasizes rigid protection of the private interests of right holders whilst lacking a systematic reflection on copyright flexibilities. However, flexibility is not foreign to copyright law principles; on the contrary, it is an organic component of copyright discourse and practice over the three centuries of its existence.
Copyright law addresses issues related to access to culture, participation in cultural life, dissemination of information, creativity, and freedom of art and science. Copyright law is designed as a principle-based legal framework that should ensure and provide the flexibility needed in these fields. The overall delicate equilibrium between right holders’ prerogatives and users’ interests and freedoms and the inherent limitations of copyright law are core elements of this flexibility. Additionally, the enhanced role of copyright law as a regulatory framework in the digital sphere increases the need for both flexibility and clarity regarding access and use of copyright-protected works. In parallel, the never-ending EU harmonization pushes for detailed rules and compromises that affect this flexibility.
In this context, and on the occasion of the launch of the Copyright Flexibilities database developed by the reCreating Europe project, the ‘Rethinking Copyright Flexibilities’ conference aims to provide some critical thinking concerning the present and future of copyright flexibilities in European copyright law and their evolutionary paths. The conference critically discusses the state of the art and evolution of copyright flexibilities in Europe, exploring their types, forms, limits, dynamics and perspectives, also in light of the most recent interventions of the EU legislators and landmark decisions of the Court of Justice of the EU, and debate opportunities and need for legislative reform.
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