School of Transnational Governance

Digital Single Market: new Challenges for European Copyright, Innovation and Creativity

Date: 5-6 March 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Scientific Coordinators: Madeleine De Cock Buning (EUI, Utrecht University) and Thomas Dreier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Deadline: 3 February 2020 

Early bird: 16 January 2020

  Training Programme



This Executive Training Course focuses on the Digital Single Market and its new challenges for European copyright, innovation and creativity. It will analyse the New Directive Copyright in the Digital Single Market and the challenges brought by innovation in creation by Artificial Intelligence (AI).


The informed audience will be actively involved in hands-on training sessions, which will span the new instruments in the Directive and their impact and includes a “lab analysis” on these instruments.

During the lab sessions, participants will take a deep dive into the new instruments in Directive and their interpretation. How can and should these instruments be implemented and interpreted in practice? What legal questions remain to be answered by the ECJ? What limitations and challenges can be anticipated? During the lab session on AI, participants will analyse and design copyright models for the protection of machine creativity, an issue of increasing importance and relevance for the present and the future.

A keynote speech about the “Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market: for European culture to flourish and circulate” by Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director Media and Data at DG CONNECT European Commission responsible for the digital copyright reform, will inspire the participants and open up new horizons on the challenging topic.  


Learning Objectives

  • Identification and analysis of the impact of new technologies on copyright and the uptake by European regulation for the various stakeholders;
  • The application of the new instruments and their interpretation in the new Directive Copyright in the Digital Single Market;
  • The uptake of Artificial Intelligence for creation and its copyright status. 


Learning Methodology

  • Hands-on training sessions;
  • Lab analysis on the interpretations of the Directive;
  • Lab sessions on AI to analyse and design copyright models for the protection of machine creativity. 


Target Group

  • Government officials
  • Private Sector
  • Attorneys
  • Judges and professionals who are interested in recent and future developments of copyright and work in EU institutions
  • National officers
  • Member of national and international Courts
  • NGOs managers

Fees: 900 € 

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of the NGOs. 
The fees cover the cost of the course as well as coffee and lunch breaks. Travel and hotel costs are not included in the fees. 


Meet your Trainers:


Giuseppe Abbamonte | DG CONNECT 

Giuseppe Abbamonte was appointed Director of the Media and Data Directorate in January 2014. The Directorate is, amongst many other things, responsible for the development and follow-up of the European Big Data Strategy and the European regulatory framework on audiovisual media.

Shortly after his appointment as Director, Giuseppe delivered a major Communication setting out the Commission's strategy on Data called "Towards a thriving data-driven economy" and set up the European Public Private Partnership on "Big Data Value. In his former positions, he was the head of the electronic communications policy unit and then of the cybersecurity and on-line privacy unit.

As part of the latter job, he supervised and directed the elaboration of the European Cybersecurity Strategy and of a proposal for a European law on network and information security. He also has extensive experience in complex merger cases and in consumer law.  Before joining the Commission, he was an associate in an international law firm in Milan for four years (1989/1992), where he dealt mainly with commercial law and competition law.

Madeleine de Cock Buning | EUI 

Professor de Cock Buning leads work on Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance.

Professor de Cock Buning was Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and disinformation, assigned to provide the commission with options on how to react to the dissemination of fake news both online and offline. Dr. Prof. de Cock Buning is appointed professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Governance (UU) with a chair in Copyright Law and Media and Communication Law. She is chair of the Advisory Committee on Copyright to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.

In addition to her other experience, Professor de Cock Buning was Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) and was President of the Board of Commissioners at the Dutch Media Authority. She is an Honorary Judge of the Court of Appeal in The Hague and was panellist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  

Thomas Dreier | Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)

Thomas Dreier is Professor of Law at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT; formerly University of Karlsruhe), Germany, where serves as Director of the Institute for Information and Economic Law, and Honorary Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Freiburg, Germany.

He was an advisor to the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO on copyright matters, amongst them the issue of regulating copyrights regarding satellite and cable retransmission. 

Prof. Dreier is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI). He also chairs the copyright committee of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Deutsche Vereinigung für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht e.V., GRUR).

In addition, he has been appointed as Senior Fellow of the Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg “Law as culture” in Bonn, Germany (since 2015) and has been a Fellow of the German Center for interdisciplinary Studies (ZiF) in Bielefeld, co-directing a study group on the ethics of copying.