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The future of intellectual property Creativity and innovation in the digital era European


April 23rd–24th, 2009

Goethe Institut and Committee of the Regions


The era of digital networks has given rise to new problems in the area of intellectual property. They include the question of how best to deal with the massive numbers of downloads of film, music and software via peer-to-peer file sharing. They also open up copyright issues arising out of the digitalisation of entire public libraries.

The issues affect many different interest groups, ranging from large film and music industry corporations to individual authors and artists trying to make a living from their work, as well as teenagers who risk being prosecuted after posting copyright-protected material on YouTube.

At the same time, digitalisation offers totally new opportunities for the worldwide exchange of knowledge. It facilitates a new kind of creativity with music and films that in the past have only been passively consumed. And it opens up opportunities for innovative business models like flat rate all-you-can-eat subscriptions or advertising-financed music services.

The conference the future of intellectual property will address a range of issues that are raised by this exciting policy area. Above all: How can the concept of intellectual property be adapted to the realities of the digital era, and at the same time not become outdated and inefficient?


I will be on one of the panels at this conference. 

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Iptegrity in brief is the website of Dr Monica Horten. I’ve been analysing analysing digital policy since 2008. Way back then, I identified how issues around rights can influence Internet policy, and that has been a thread throughout all of my research. I hold a PhD in EU Communications Policy from the University of Westminster (2010), and a Post-graduate diploma in marketing.   I’ve served as an independent expert on the Council of Europe  Committee on Internet Freedoms, and was involved in a capacity building project in Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine. I am currently (from June 2022)  Policy Manager - Freedom of Expression, with the Open Rights Group. For more, see About Iptegrity is made available free of charge for  non-commercial use, Please link-back & attribute Monica Horten. Thank you for respecting this.

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.


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