The Commission has proposed several measures to secure normative consumer expectations regarding the supply of digital content. However, the complex relationship between contract law and copyright law has been dealt with rather differently in the three major proposals: Both, the proposed Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the online and other distance sales of goods, covering digital content which is embedded in goods (Internet of Things), and the proposed Directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital goods largely avoid dealing with copyright law issues at all. The fast advancing Portability Regulation proposal, though, directly interferes with the contractual relations between the consumer and the online service provider as well as the licensing agreement between the later and the copyright holders. Nevertheless, all three proposals are based on the traditional concept of „transactions in a chain, from the original designer to the final supplier“. The presentation will, first, introduce a different conceptual understanding to properly address the multilateral contractual relationships at hand. Second, the talk will briefly highlight three challenges any conceptual framework faces when dealing with both, contract and copyright law and, third, it argue in favor of  an environmentally sensitive conception of copyright law which reflects both, the normativ expectations protected by contract law and the economic underpinnings of linked contractual arrangements in multilateral relations.


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.

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

This year’s schedule evolves throughout the year, but a 2016 - 2017 listing is available here.