|Holiday snap or ECS meeting?|
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Readers of this blog may be aware of the increasingly frequent activity of the European Copyright Society (ECS), composed of 21 European academics active in this area of the law and founded in 2012 "with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European copyright law and policy".
Professor Lionel Bently (University of Cambridge and current ECS Chair) has just informed the IPKat that the Society has finally set up a website, so that you can get all the relevant information, including photographs of its members.
Among the various activities, it is worth recalling how, prior to the 2014 decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Svensson [discussed at some length on this very blog] and contrary to the Opinion of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI) adopted the view that hyperlinking in general should not fall within the scope of copyright.
The ECS subsequently issued opinions on the notion of parody in the aftermath of the Deckmyn decision [another case followed with interest by this blogger: see here and here] and the importance of preserving the so called author principle at the time when the Reprobel case was still pending [here and here].
The ECS is now back with its response to the EU Commission's public consultation on the review of the Satellite and Cable Directive [here]. It stresses how, despite the adoption of the country of origin principle (aimed at facilitating rights clearance for transborder transmissions), t