Should digital platforms be treated as publishers under Article 13?

Another in TLT's series of events looking at digital futures.

The proposed Copyright Directive will oblige platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to ensure that copyright material isn't shared illegally. Until now the rights holders have had to enforce copyright protection but under the Copyright Directive this burden will now fall on digital platforms themselves.

TLT will take a look at whether Article 13 is creating a fairer marketplace or undermining a creative economy. 

The main EU rationale is towards a 'fairer and more sustainable marketplace, fit for a digital era', however we don’t know what impact this will have on user-driven creativity (especially in an era where social media influencers drive huge followings and revenue via sponsorship deals).

Will platforms suffer from being discouraged to host user-driven content? 

Ultimately, will a 'fairer' marketplace also mean a more restricted one, with so much online content set to be impacted by Articles 11 & 13, and at what cost?

Who do you agree with? TLT's expert team will go through the key issues around what the Directive will mean for digital platforms and rights holders alike.


Daniel Lloyd, Partner TLT

Daniel is a partner in TLT’s Technology and IP team, with particular expertise in the communications, digital and technology sectors. He specialises in commercial contracts and in providing legal advice on intellectual property rights, digital content, consumer law and telecoms regulation.

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Nick Fenner, Partner, TLT

Nick heads TLT's Intellectual Property Disputes team. He specialises in IP, technology and media disputes. His clients include software owners, media businesses, retailers, brand owners, universities and technology companies. His work often involves international aspects and he has a strong network of contacts with lawyers in other countries.

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Lisa Urwin, Associate, TLT

Lisa joined TLT in 2015, having previously worked as a senior legal counsel for the Random House Group. She advises a wide range of media, technology, advertising and retail sector clients, including entertainment providers, creative agencies, publishers and technology companies. Lisa provides strategic legal advice to clients where needed, leveraging her in-house experience and demonstrating her ability to quickly understand clients’ business needs. 

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17.00 - Arrival, tea and coffee served

17.30 - Seminar starts

18.45 - Networking and refreshments served.


20 Gresham Street
United Kingdom

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Get in touch

For more information about this event and to register your place please contact Philippa McFeat.


Date published

14 March 2019


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