Open letter of the European Copyright Society to the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society concerning the need for a unified copyright law in the European Union


On 19 December 2014, the European Copyright Society has adressed an open letter to Mr. Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, inviting the European Commission to start working on a unified copyright law for the European Union.

The European Copyright Society (ECS) was founded in January 2012 with the aim of creating a platform for independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright Law. Its members are scholars and academics from various countries of Europe, seeking to promote their views of the overall public interest regarding the construction of European Copyright law.

In February 2013, the European Copyright Society issued a remarked opinion on the Svensson case (Case C-466/12) which was referred to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling from the Svea hovrätt (Sweden) on 18 October 2012. In 2014, the European Copyright Society has also issued a response to the Public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules of the European Commission and released an opinion on limitations and exceptions to copyright in the European Union based on the Judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union of September 3, 2014 in Case C-201/13 Deckmyn.

The Board of the European Copyright Society is currently composed of: Lionel Bently, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL), University of Cambridge; Christophe Geiger, Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg (Chair); Raquel Xalabarder, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Barcelona.

You can download below an article on this topic published on the website "Intellectual Property Watch".