Licensing, Filtering and Privileging User-Generated Content under the New Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

Martin Senftleben
Martin Senftleben

A research presentation and roundtable discussion featuring Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property, VU University Amsterdam

May 30, 2019 | 5:00-6:45pm 
Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center


The full paper may be downloaded from:

Professor Senftleben’s paper discusses how the new EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market creates “a peculiar triangle of obligations to license, filter and privilege user-generated content (UGC).” The paper argues that that by abolishing the traditional safe harbour for hosting in the case of copyrighted content, “it may lead to the disappearance of the open, participative internet which EU citizens currently enjoy.” Looking forward, he proposes ways to avoid the loss of open, democratic avenues for online content creation, including “new use privileges that offer room for user-generated content without prior authorization on the other.”

A presentation of Professor Senftleben’s research will be followed by a roundtable discussion with US and international academics and policy experts on the impact of the EU directive on policy processes in other countries with comments from academics and experts from Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United States. 

In person attendance will be limited to a maximum of 35 attendees. A webcast will be available live on demand on this page.

This event has been planned to comply with the requirements of Legislative and Executive Branch gift rules. Executive Branch personnel wishing to attend should consult with their designated Agency Ethics Office.


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