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2 minutes to read Posted on Monday September 21, 2020

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

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Shadi Ardalan

Head of Member State Relations and Governance , Europeana Foundation

Digital conference for Germany EU Presidency to explore copyright and capacity building

Two complementary digital conferences organised by Europeana and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek are supporting cultural heritage institutions in their digital transformations, by focussing on the importance of building capacity and skills to do with copyright. The conferences are organised as part of Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, putting cultural heritage in the spotlight for Europe's policymakers. We take a look at these events as part of our ‘Strategy in Motion’ series.

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From decision-makers to practitioners, we all have a role in ensuring that copyright serves research, education, innovation and creativity while respecting the legitimate interests of authors and rights holders. As technology develops, and borders dissipate in the digital environment, the policy landscape changes to open up new opportunities. The implementation of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market (CDSM) Directive holds many promises for the digital cultural heritage sector, including allowing institutions to make digital reproductions of all works in their collections, making in-copyright but out-of-commerce works available online and upholding the principle that what is in the public domain in analogue form stays in the public domain when digitised. Decision-makers, practitioners, rights holders and others have a role in making them a reality.   

Europeana conference 5-6 October

The Europeana web conference on ‘The role of copyright in the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector’ will reflect on the past, present and future of copyright and its role in serving and enabling digital transformation. This conference is part of the cultural programme for the German Presidency, thanks to the German Ministry of State for Culture and the Media.

With practitioners refining and developing approaches to copyright, we will showcase examples, look into the CDSM Directive and beyond, discuss the challenges that remain and the opportunities to be seized, and together we will explore and shape what comes next. 

While parts of the Europeana web conference on 5-6 October are invite-only, aimed at cultural policymakers from EU Member States, two sessions are open to all those interested in culture and copyright.  On 5 October, ‘Past, present and future of copyright and digital transformation’ looks at opportunities in the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. And on 6 October, you can join ‘From policy to practice: copyright frameworks, standards and case studies to support the digital transformation of CHIS’.

Register now to take part in  a rich interactive experience, digging deep into ideas, inspiring each other in new directions and taking some valuable insight home. Follow @EU2020DE and #EU2020DE on Twitter.

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Deutsche Nationalbibliothek conference 7 October

The DNB’s conference, Rethinking Culture and Science - Opportunities & challenges of digital transformation in Europe, on 7 October is public. Its keynote speaker is Minna Karvonen, Director of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, who will discuss ‘Opportunities of the digitization for culture and science’.  Harry Verwayen, Europeana Foundation’s Executive Director will talk about empowering digital change and the role of Europeana in digital transformation of the sector, and the Europeana Foundation’s Julia Fallon will discuss the role of copyright in the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector.

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