Article 17 of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market has sparked a controversial discussion about the correct liability regime for internet intermediaries in copyright law. The parallel issues in trade mark law have received much less attention. I will look at four scenarios: online marketplaces (the “eBay scenario”), search engines (the “Google scenario”), hybrid platforms (the “Amazon scenario”) and access providers (the “British Telecom” scenario). Should the operators only be liable under traditional principles of secondary liability or would a “duty of care” approach be preferable? What is the proper role for safe harbour provisions? Who should pay for takedown and preventive measures? And, of course: will there and should there be a spillover from the developments in copyright law? 

Each year the OIPRC hosts a number of leading academics from around the world as part of its Invited Speaker Series. These events typically run from 5:15-6:45pm on Thursday evenings at St. Peter’s College; if the venue or time is different, it will be noted on the Events calendar.  The Speaker Series consists of a presentation of about 45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with the assembled group of academic staff, students (both undergraduate and graduate), researchers, and interested members of the public.  Discussion is informal and includes participants from several disciplines, with a wide range of prior knowledge.

Convenors: Robert BurrellDev Gangjee and Robert Pitkethly

Refreshments and snacks are served at the conclusion of the discussion.  All are welcome.