On Wednesday, September 12, the European Parliament has voted to reform online copyright — including supporting an extension to cover snippets of publishers content (Article 11), and to make platforms that hold significant amounts of content liable for copyright violations by their users (Article 13). The discussion concerning this reform has been controversial – and surely will remain so until early next year. Next steps are trilogue discussions with Member State representatives, via the European Council, and a final vote to pass the law.
MEP Axel Voss, the EPP Group Spokesman on Legal Affairs and Rapporteur for Copyright Directive, was the driving force behind the reform. The „Colloquium Societies in Digital Age“ invites you to a Video Colloquium hosted by the GSI. In the video conversation MEP Axel Voss will discuss why he considers the reform a good sign for the creative industries in Europe – and also the next steps after the parliament’s vote.
The aim of the project is to share experiences and sum up knowledge about the challenges European countries face in digital times and to find ways how to create good and democratically stable digital societies in Europe.
The Colloquium is built on three pillars:
Satellite events in EU Member States to gather information on the relevant challenges and the current status of the digital society and to build up a transnational network
Transnational video conferences with experts for sharing international experiences and knowledge
Annually European conventions at the GSI with international experts and project partners coming together to exchange ideas and build a strong European network
Kick-Off: the Convention in june 2018
The first Convention in 2018 will be held on 25th-26th. june 2018 at Gustav Stresemann Institute Bonn. It will be the kick-off for the project and includes panels, talks and workshops tackling the challenges of European digital societies from different points of view. National and international speakers, organisations and guests will meet and discuss. The convention is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung), Germany. Member of the European Parliament Axel Voss will open the two-day conference with a keynote.
The project is still open for national and international partners. You are welcome to get in touch if you have any suggestions and ideas that will inspire and enrich the colloquium, the network or the convention.