- Published: March 22, 2019
On 15 March 2019, the IRZ, together with the National Centre of Intellectual Property of Belarus (NCIP), organised a conference on copyright law and copyright collectives in Minsk, Belarus. This followed on from the event on trademark and patent law, which took place in Minsk in November 2018.
The German expert speakers at the conference were Dr. Oliver Schön, a judge at the Regional Court of Munich, and Oliver Drews, a senior civil servant at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). The participants from Belarus included the National Centre of Intellectual Property and representatives from the Collective Management Centre at the NCIP. Also taking part in the conference were a judge from the IP Senate at the Supreme Court, lawyers specialising in copyright law, media representatives from the press and radio and people from the community who are concerned by copyright, such as photographers, designers and composers.
The German expert contributions focussed on the legal enforcement of copyright claims in Germany, which were described and discussed using practical case examples, as well as the function and activities of copyright collectives, their rights and obligations in Germany and how these are supervised by the DPMA. Short lectures by the Belarusian experts explained the copyright law in Belarus and how this is protected by the courts, as well as the structure of the collective management of copyright and how this works. Other subjects discussed included the charging of fees for private copies in Belarus and the organisational problems associated with this.
The expert lectures provided a good insight into the legal enforcement of copyright claims in Germany, the activity of copyright collectives and the supervision of these collectives. During a lively exchange between the Belarusian and German participants, sample copyright law cases from German legal practice were animatedly discussed. The scope of activity of the German association for Musical Performaning and Mechanical Reproduction Rights (GEMA) also met with great interest. The high number of participants and the very active involvement of almost all the 70 attendees were proof that the topics selected for discussion at the conference were highly topical and of great interest.