ETUCE is leading a high-level international conference entitled “A better copyright  for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond” organised in partnership with the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the COMMUNIA network of IP lawyers and activists in education. The conference will be bilingual in English and French and will take place in Brussels on 11 April 2018. The conference is co-financed by the European Intellectual Property Office, EUIPO.

At present the European Commission is finalising the initiative to pass a directive on Copyright which will have a broad impact on the work of teachers, students, professors, academics and researchers. The initiative is presently under approval in the European Parliament. With a view to influence the political debate at EU level and in light of the policy developments at global level, this conference offers the opportunity to discuss and provide insights into intellectual and creative property rights of academics and researchers, in particular into their copyrights at higher education and research level, including as well the awareness and sensitization of young people and students. Please, take note of the ETUCE position on the European Commission’s proposal on the Copyright directive.

The conference is mostly addressed to partners’ member organisations active in the EU Copyright reform in education as well as to other prominent political and policy stakeholders in the field of education and copyright at EU and international level  (e.g. EU and international civil society IP lawyers and experts, national IP offices, national and regional political representations to the EU, representatives and experts from the EU institutions and EUIPO agency officials).

Thanks to the EUIPO grant, the costs of a limited number of participants can be financially covered for EU-participants. Non-EU participants are not eligible to take part.

For further information or registration, please do not hesitate to contact the ETUCE Secretariat.

The Conference can also be followed online. It will be broadcasted live on ‘Education International’ channel, at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/EduInternational/live