Transcription – Video Colloquium „Copyright“ with MEP Axel Voss

This is the transcription of the Video Colloquium on the topic of “Copyright”. It took place on Friday, September 21th of October in 2018. Participants of the discussion were MEP Axel Voss (EPP Group Spokesman on Legal Affairs and Rapporteur for Copyright Directive, Germany), Bozhidar Bozhanov (Founder and CEO at LogSentinel , Bulgaria), Alek Tarkowski (President and Co-Founder Centrum Cyfrowe, Coordinator Creative Commons, Poland). The Conversation was hosted and moderated by Sabria David.


Video Colloquium on „Copyright“ with MEP Axel Voss, Bozhidar Bozhanov, Alek Tarkowski hosted by Sabria David (Friday, September 21rst, 2018)

The positions of the participants concerning Copyright are far apart. But as the final question of the conversation reveals all three of them would share a vision for an ideal digital society: A co-created digital society that is open and transparent and were everyone respects the rights of others would fit the wishes of each.
A respectful conversation finds its way, through controversies, across borders, languages and approaches and despite technical constraints. This is possible, even on a controversial subject like Copyright. As our guests said after the colloquium: “exactly this kinds of discussions, where you can respectfully disagree and at the same time propose improvements and solutions, is the way forward”.
Creating communication spaces where people can across borders respectfully talk to and learn from each other is the approach of the “Colloquium European Societies in Digital Age”.
If you want to join the network of the “Colloquium European Societies in Digital Age” please send an email to Michael Münz or Sabria David.
Here is the link to the primary source of the debated Copyright Directive with the quoted Articles:


[Sabria David]
Hello, a warm welcome to the first video colloquium of the “Colloquium European Societies in digital Age”. […] We are dealing with the challenges of digital societies from a European perspective.

One of the formats is a video colloquium. That means we put together people interested in a special topic from different European countries. We create a communication space across borders and across discussion bubbles, where people can talk to each other who maybe wouldn’t have talked together before.
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Live Stream – Convention “European Societies in digital Age”

25. Juni​ 2018

9:00 Opening and welcome

9:30 Axel Voss, Member of the Group of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament, Germany – Keynote

9:50 Dr. Carl-Christian Buhr, Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, Digital Economy & Society, European Commission – Message from EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel

11:00 Panel & colloquium “Partcipation, media, youtubing”

Sylvain Lapoix, Data Journalist, France
Alice Wiegand, Member of the Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation, USA & Commissioner for Open data, City of Düsseldorf, Germany
Cedric Engels/Doktor Whatson, Youtuber, Germany
Discussion with plenum of the participants
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Colloquium European Societies in digital Age

The „Colloquium European Societies in digital Age“ sets up an infrastructure for transnational discourse on the challenges of digital societies. The colloquium is a cooperation of the „Gustav Streseman Institut„, the Slow Media Institut, the „Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung“ and the EU Commission. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, is patron of the Colloquium.

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:

  1. 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
  2. Transnational video conferences with experts for sharing international experiences and knowledge
  3. 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.

Please register for the convention here.

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.

Please contact us:
Michael Münz (Gustav Stresemann Institut)
Sabria David (Slow Media Institut)