“A start has been made for a constructive exchange,” said BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner and proven copyright expert Dr. Martin Schaefer, who is a member of both the board of ALAI Germany and the three-member board of the International Chapter of the Copyright Society and played a key role in designing the conference.
He also led through the event and moderated the first panel.
Dr. Martin Schaefer further commented on the results of the conference: “All participants not only learned a lot about the similarities and differences, for example how the topic is dealt with in the fields of music, text and visual arts, but the people involved were also able to get to know each other. This will allow them, not least by means of the contacts now established, to solve problems that have arisen in the various fields.”
The high-profile international conference, which took place in Berlin on October 15 and 16, was organized by Humboldt University Berlin in cooperation with the copyright association ALAI Germany and the U.S. Copyright Society.
The event was devoted to the centrally important issue for transatlantic copyright rights transactions of how cross-border licensing of large catalogs of copyrighted subject matter, especially online, is affected by the differences in rights management between Europe and the United States and how the difficulties created by these differences might be overcome. Following the great success of this Berlin conference, it is apparent that there will be follow-up events of a similar nature in the future.