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Europeana’s digital conference ‘The role of copyright in the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector’ explored copyright for digital cultural heritage, its role in digital transformation, and the sector’s need for capacity building in this area.

Taking place on 5 and 6 October 2020, the event was aimed at EU member states' cultural policy makers, copyright experts, and advocates. This online event was structured to ensure a rich interactive experience - encouraging participants to dig deeper into ideas, to share new perspectives and directions, and to offer up valuable insight. This event was invite only, but some sessions were open to the public.

The Europeana Conference was organised in collaboration with the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Council. This conference was part of the cultural programme for the German Presidency, thanks to the German Ministry of State for Culture and the Media. It was followed on 7 October by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek’s conference ‘Rethinking Culture and Science - Opportunities & challenges of digital transformation in Europe’.

You can watch the public sessions below, and also a number of interviews with cultural heritage professionals explaining what their expectations were for the copyright directive implementaiton, which were recorded for the event. 

Past, present and future of copyright & digital transformation. Opportunities in the copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive

From policy to practice: copyright frameworks, standards and case-studies to support the digital transformation of CHIs

Digital Single Market Interviews


Day 1 - (Monday 5 October 2020) 

Speakers including Gail Kent, Director of Data, DG CONNECT, Frank Scholze, Director General of Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Europeana's Harry Verwayen & Julia FallonPaul KellerDorothea ZechmannAnne Bergman and Ariadna Matas joined the first day of this event. 

Day 2 - (Tuesday 6 October 2020) 

Speakers including Julia Fallon, Katharina Anton - Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, Juozas MarkauskasAriadna MatasAnke SchierholzFred SaundersonEvelin Heidel and Harry Verwayen joined the second day of this event.