Copyright and Freedoms in a Digital Europe: Liability of Intermediaries

Date: Monday 10 March 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Monica Horten, Geoff Taylor, Nicholas Lansman

Chair: Anne Barron

Rights holders in the music and film industries often criticise internet intermediaries and service providers for not doing enough to enforce copyright. Under current European Union policy, intermediary liability is enshrined in three directives: the Copyright Directive (2001), the E-commerce Directive (2000) and the IPR Enforcement Directive (2004), all of which allow for the possibility of copyright-holders suing an intermediary. A review of the Copyright Directive is just beginning, and reviews of the latter two commenced in 2012. At stake is the whether online intermediaries such as search engines, social media platforms and cloud computing services  and/or internet service providers managing the networks should police content that is alleged to be infringing copyright.

About the Speakers:

Dr Monica Horten is a visiting fellow in LSE’s Department of Media and Communications, and an LSE author. Her book A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms was published in 2013 by Zed Books. Her other published work includes The Copyright Enforcement Enigma: Internet politics and the Telecoms Package (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and she writes the IPtegrity blog on EU Internet policy. She has been cited in international media as diverse as The New York Times, Dagens Nyheter and Corriere della sera. In January 2014, she was nominated as an independent expert to the Council of Europe’s ‘Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom’ (MSI-INT).

Geoff Taylor is the CEO of The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) and Director of both the Official Charts Company and BRIT Awards Limited, as well as a Governor of the BRIT School for the Performing Arts & Technology and a Trustee of the UK music business’ charity, The BRIT Trust. Prior to joining BPI in 2007 he served as General Counsel and Executive Vice-President at the international record industry association, IFPI after several years working in private legal practice focused on EU and competition law.

Nicholas Lansman is founder and CEO of Political Intelligence, a Europe-wide political communications firm. Political Intelligence advises a range of companies and organisations in a broad range of industry sectors including technology, media and communications. Nicholas has been Secretary General of ISPA UK, which represents the interests of the internet industry in the UK, since assisting with the establishment of the trade body in 1995. In 1997 Nicholas set up EuroISPA – the European Internet trade association which represents the internet sector at EU-level in Brussels.

Anne Barron is Associate Professor in the LSE Department of Law whose research centres on knowledge economies, new public spheres, ICT’s, IP rights, and the relations between all these. Her work examines the role of the copyright system in underpinning the profitability of the culture and information industries, and in shaping visual arts, music and film.

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This event is organised by the LSE Media Policy Project of LSE’s Department of Media and Communications. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email  or call 020 3486 2834.