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The complex EU Copyright Directive came into force in Germany this summer. IU member associations have been fighting for this overdue adjustment for years. Now we take a look at the Status quo of copyright in Germany – and beyond: Please scroll down for our topics and speakers at the 9th Conference on Authors' Rights.

The event took place in hybrid format at the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

We provide simultaneous translation German / English


10:30 a.m.


Katharina Uppenbrink, Managing Director Initiative Urheberrecht


Prof Jeanine Meerapfel, President of the Academy of Arts


Dr. Alice Halsdorfer, Head of Department,
Senate Chancellery

Presentation of the program

Matthias Hornschuh, composer, spokesperson for the creators in the Authors’ Rights Initiative (IU)

Part 1

„In the engine room of copyright“

What consequences are emerging after the adoption of the legislative package effective summer 2021?

Initial real-world assessments, reports and experiences.

10:45 a.m.

Brief statements

Focal point: Article 17

Dr Urban Pappi, managing director
Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst

Annika Siems, illustrator, Chairwoman
Illustrators' organization board

Ella Rohwer, cellist, Chairwoman
Pro Musik board

Dr Götz von Einem, managing director GSA
Peermusic (Germany), Member of the Board and Chairman of the Legal Committee German Music Publishers Association (DMV)

Dr Georg Nolte senior legal counsel
Google Germany

Dr Tobias Holzmüller, general counsel

Focal point: copyright contract law/Articles 18-23

Heike Rost, photographer, journalist
Dr Christina Oelke, senior legal counsel

Dr Oliver Schwenzer, legal counsel
VDD (Screenwriters‘ guild of Germany)

11:45 a.m.


12:00 p.m.


Part 2

Implementation of the EU Copyright Directive – State of affairs in Europe

12:20 p.m.

Article 18 – from the perspective of audiovisual authors

Cécile Despringre, Executive Director
Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA, Brussels)

Chapter 3 – Copyright contract law and the future of our concerns in the EU

Pauline Durand-Vialle, Chief Executive
Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA, Brussels)

Article 17, streaming platforms and the future of our issues in the EU

Marc du Moulin, Secretary General
European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA, Brussels)

12.45 p.m.


1.00 p.m.

Lunch break

Part 3

"After platform regulation comes platform regulation"

1:30 p.m.

"DMA and DSA – an assessment of the current situation"

Representative of an European Umbrella Organization representing authors / artists and Katharina Uppenbrink

1:35 p.m.

Statement 1

Peter Kraus vom Cleff, President
Federation of European Publishers (FEP, Brussels)

Statement 2

Christiane Sommer, Head of Production and Producer
Razor Film, Vice President of SPIO

What is the current situation on the Council?

Dr Armin Jungbluth, Head of Division
Legal Framework for Digital Services, Media industry, BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy)

2:00 p.m.


Part 4

"After the election …" Demands for policy makers

2:15 p.m.

Keynote "How to #FixStreaming – a Songwriter's Campaign for Fair Remuneration”

Helienne Lindvall, singer, musician and author

2:25 p.m.



Dr Matthias Röder, Executive Director
Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute, Board Member of the Karajan Foundation

Class action

Prof Caroline Meller-Hannich, professor
Civil law, civil procedure law and commercial law at the University of Halle-Wittenberg

Private Copying

Dr Tilo Gerlach, Managing Director
GVL and president of AEPO-ARTIS


Christian Schumacher-Gebler, CEO
Bonnier Media Germany

Nina George, Novelist & President of the European Writers' Council (EWC)

2:50 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Brief summary

Matthias Hornschuh

3:25 p.m.

Closing statement

Katharina Uppenbrink

Subject to changes!


Cécile Despringre

Executive Director of the Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA)

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Pauline Durand-Vialle

Chief Executive Federation of European Screen Directors (FERA)

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Dr Götz von Einem

Managing director GSA, Peermusic (Germany), president of the German Music Publishers Association (DMV)

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Nina George

Novelist & President of the European Writers' Council (EWC)

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Dr Tilo Gerlach

Managing Director GVL and president of AEPO-ARTIS

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Dr Alice Halsdorfer

Head of the Department for Minister Presidents' Conferences, Media and Broadcasting Affairs, Network Policy in the Berlin Senate Chancellery.

Dr Tobias Holzmüller

Lawyer and General Counsel of GEMA

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Matthias Hornschuh

Composer & musician & musicologist & multi-mandated functionary (e.g. on the GEMA Supervisory Board)

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Dr Armin Jungbluth

Head of Division „Legal framework for digital services, media industry“ in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy / Germany

Peter Kraus vom Cleff

President of FEP (Federation of European Publishers)

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Helienne Lindvall

Singer-songwriter & head of business relations for Auddly (music rights management platform)

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Prof Jeanine Meerapfel

Filmmaker, President of the Academy of Arts

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Prof Dr Caroline Meller-Hannich

Chair of Civil Law, Civil Procedure and Commercial Law, University of Halle-Wittenberg

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Marc du Moulin

Secretary General at European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

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Dr Georg Nolte

Senior Legal Counsel, Google Germany

Dr Christina Oelke

Senior Legal Counsel, VAUNET

Dr Urban Pappi

Chief Executive Officer VG Bild-Kunst

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Dr Matthias Röder

Executive Director Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute and Board Member of the Karajan Foundation

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Ella Rohwer

Cellist, lecturer and 2nd chairperson of the board of PRO MUSIK

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Heike Rost

Photographer, Journalist

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Christian Schumacher-Gebler

CEO Bonnier Media Germany

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Dr Oliver Schwenzer

Legal Counsel of the German Screenwriters' Association

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Annika Siems

Illustrator, Chairwoman of the Illustrators Organization

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Christiane Sommer

Head of Production and Producer Razor Film, Vice-President of the German National Film Board (SPIO)

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Katharina Uppenbrink

Managing Director Initiative Urheberrecht (Authors’ Rights Initiative)

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