- Intellectual property rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in the European Union (Industry-Level Analysis Report, September 2013: A joint project between the European Patent Office and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market) here
- European Citizens and Intellectual Property: Perception, Awareness and Behaviour, here
People say that copyright works only for the big guys, that it interrupts the normal operation of the internet. Meanwhile there are calls for revision of the laws that restrictively interpret fair use of copyright work. While IP owners don't seek to do harm, but only want to protect their own property. However, that does not negate a need to look critically at the way they do so.
Panellists Richard Vary (Nokia), Susan Scafidi (Fordham University School of Law) and Elizabeth Weiswasser (Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York) then had their say. Susan asked whether young and rebellious consumers didn't change their perceptions once they grew up, and Richard observed that the courts take a different approach towards the protection and infringement of IP rights, depending on the circumstances of their importance -- but he wondered whether this was quite right. However, he reminded us that there's no point in driving technologies of standardisation if you won't get any return on your investment: you'll just leave it for someone else. From the floor, Irene Calboli, this Kat and various other people felt that there was room for more dialogue -- but that's another matter!