IViR Lecture by Christophe Geiger

The Institute is pleased to announce that Christophe Geiger will give a talk at IViR on Tuesday 10 March 2020:

Making Europe fit for the Digital Age?
Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Freedom of Information and the failed Text and Data Mining provisions in EU Copyright law

On February 19, the European Commission published an ambitious and timely package putting Big Data and Artificial Intelligence at the heart of its digital strategy. However, the crucial importance of robust Text and Data Mining provisions in order to enable such strategy seems to have been overlooked. This was unfortunately already the case last year when the European Union adopted the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive, as its Article 3 and 4 are not living up to the challenge and the great ambitions now put forward by the Commission.

This presentation will tell the history of the recent introduction of the text and data mining exceptions in EU’s copyright law and show why the result was a missed opportunity to make Europe an attractive and vibrant environment for data-based innovations and more general for a true information society. Based on the findings of a comparative legal study done for the European Parliament during the elaboration phase of the directive and several recent papers (such as e.g. Geiger/Frosio/Bulayenko, CEIPI research paper 2019-08), the presentation will make proposals for the improvement of these provisions in order, to quote the recent EU strategic documents, “to make Europe fit for the digital age”.

Christophe Geiger is Professor of Law and Director of the Research Department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France), which he leaded as Director General from 2008 to 2019 (11 years). In addition, he is an affiliated senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich (Germany), as well as Spangenberg Fellow at the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland (US).

He specializes in national, European, international and comparative intellectual property (IP) law, acts as external expert for the European Parliament and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has drafted reports on IP for the European and international institutions and taught as visiting professor in several universities, his latest appointments being Global Hauser Visiting Professor at the New York University (NYU) School of Law in spring 2017, Visiting International Faculty at the Hanken School of Economics (Helsinki, Finland) and Huazhong University of Science & Technology Guest Professor in Wuhan (China) in 2018. In 2019, he has been elected President of ATRIP, the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (2021-2023).

Date: 10 March 2020
Time: 15.00-16.15
Place: Institute for Information Law,
Roeterseilandcampus, building A, 5th floor, room 5.24
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

27 February 2020