Today's politics is the future of Europe.

The 11th Conference on Authors' Rights will be held on 27 November 2023.
The focus this year is on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on authors' rights and society.
Speakers from ministries, the arts and culture, international guests from Brussels, Copenhagen and other cities, as well as several members of the German Bundestag and experts promise top-class contributions to the current discourse.

The Initiative Urheberrecht (Authors' Rights Initiative) has, through extensive exchange with leading AI-scientists, gained a deep insight into the functionality of generative AI and from this has developed a policy position paper on generative AI – complete with suggestions for the hotly discussed AI Act:

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Part 1

Welcome and introduction


Welcome Address

Katharina Uppenbrink, Managing Director IU


Prof. Jeanine Meerapfel, President of Academy of Arts

Introduction of Programme

Matthias Hornschuh, Composer, Spokesperson IU

Part 2

Overview of current copyright issues



Dr. Stephanie Schulz-Hombach, Head of the group culture an law at The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Peter Schønning, Lawyer (Dänemark)
Tamas Szigeti, Copyright Unit European Commision (live online participation)
Dr. Tobias Holzmüller, CEO GEMA

Part 3

Focus on Generative AI



Nina George, Author, European Writers' Council


Dr. Martin Andree, Media scientist


Prof. Dr. Jan Nordemann KANZLEI NORDEMANN


from the audience



Part 4

Panel on the current situation



Dr. Christian Meyer-Seitz, Department Manager Trade and Commercial law, BMJ
Axel Voss, Member of the European Parliament


Dr. Christian Meyer-Seitz, Department Manager Trade and Commercial law, BMJ
Hanna Möllers, DJV
Dr. Till Völger, Board Member BFFS, Kanzlei ARNOLD RUESS


from the audience



Part 5

From Practice


Spotlight on Photography

Introduction - Initial ideas for remuneration models:
Dr. Urban Pappi, Managing Director, Board Member, VG Bild-Kunst
Dorothe Lanc, Legal Advisor BFF
Konrad J. Schmidt, Photographer
Moderated by Katharina Uppenbrink

Short Statements

Nira Bozkurt (Scriptwriting), Scriptwriter
Reinher Karl (Music), Legal Adviser VUT
Leslie Malton (Acting)
Till Nowak (Concept Artist)


from the audience



Part 6

Panel from the Political Perspective


Musical Statement

Anna Depenbusch, Musician, Singer Songwriter


Dr. Paul Nemitz, European Commission, "AI and Democracy"


Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner, Hausfeld Lawyers

Short Statements and Panel Discussion

Ansgar Heveling, MdB, CDU
Macit Karaahmetoglu, MdB, SPD
Dr. Thorsten Lieb, MdB, FDP
Awet Tesfaiesus, MdB, The Greens
Moderated by Friederike Hohnholz, Lawyer unisono and Matthias Hornschuh


from the audience


Concluding Summary and Closing Statement

Matthias Hornschuh, Komponist, Sprecher der Kreativen in der IU
Katharina Uppenbrink, Geschäftsführerin der Initiative Urheberrecht



Subject to change.

The program is continually updated.


Martin Andree

Media scientist

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Nira Bozkurt


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Anna Depenbusch

Musician, Singer Songwriter

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Nina George

Author, Honorary President of the European Writers Council

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Ansgar Heveling

Member of the German Bundestag, CDU

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Dr. Tobias Holzmüller


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Prof. Dr. Thomas Höppner

Lawyer and partner of the law firm Hausfeld

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Matthias Hornschuh

Composer & speaker for the creatives in the Initiative Urheberrecht

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Macit Karaahmetoğlu

Member of the German Bundestag, SPD

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Reinher Karl

Musician and legal counsel VUT

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Dorothe Lanc

Legal counsel BFF

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Dr. Thorsten Lieb

Member of the German Bundestag, FDP

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Leslie Malton

Actress and 1st Chairwoman of the BFFS

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Prof. Jeanine Meerapfel

Filmmaker, screenwriter and producer, president of the Academy of Arts

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Dr. Christian Meyer-Seitz

Head of Department Commercial and Business Law, BMJ

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Hanna Möllers

Journalist and legal counsel DJV

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Prof. Dr. Jan Nordemann


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Till Nowak

Concept Artist

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Paul Nemitz

Chief Advisor European Commission

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Dr. Urban Pappi

Managing Director of the VG Bild-Kunst

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Konrad J. Schmidt

Photographer and Member of the German Fotorat

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Peter Schønning

Lawyer; leading copyright expert in Denmark

Stephanie Schulz-Hombach

Head of the group culture and law at The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Tamas Szigeti

Policy Officer - European Commission

Awet Tesfaiesus

Member of the German Bundestag, The Greens

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Katharina Uppenbrink

Managing Director of the Authors’ Rights Initiative

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Dr. Till Völger

Board Member BFFS, Kanzlei ARNOLD RUESS

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Dr. Axel Voss

Coordinator of the EPP Group in the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament

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Our partners

Our cooperation partner

Gefördert durch die Initiative Musik gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.