Intellectual Property in Modern Europe. Tracing the Expansion of a Concept

Intellectual Property in Modern Europe. Tracing the Expansion of a Concept

Research group “Legal Cultures in 20th Century East-Central Europe: Material and Immaterial Property Rights“ at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) Heads of project: Prof. Dr. Stefan Troebst (GWZO) / Prof. Dr. Hannes Siegrist (University of Leipzig); Supported by the Centre for Area Studies at the University of Leipzig (CAS)
GWZO, Specks Hof (Eingang A), Reichsstr. 4–6, 4. Etg.
From - Until
02.11.2012 - 03.11.2012
Ewa Tomicka-Krumrey, Geisteswissenschaftlichen Zentrums Geschichte und Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO)

Intellectual property has developed into a major institution governing the national, international and transnational traffic and exchange of knowledge and goods in the modern world. The conference will examine the development of intellectual property rights (copyrights and patents) in 20th century Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective including law, history, political science, cultural studies and literature. The aim of the conference is to bring together research on intellectual property on and from both East Central and Western Europe with the purpose of proposing a new comparative analytical framework in the study of intellectual property rights.


9:00 – 9:30
Hannes Siegrist (Leipzig)
Augusta Dimou (Leipzig)
Cindy Daase (Leipzig)

9:30 – 11:00
Institutionalization of Intellectual Property Rights and Professionalization - Chair: Augusta Dimou (Leipzig)

Juliane Scholz (Leipzig): Screenwriters and Copyright in East-Central Europe (1910-1970): The Struggle for Appreciation of Intellectual Property Rights in Hungary, Poland and Czechoslovakia

Karin Rolle (Leipzig): Intellectual Property in Central Europe. The Making of Law and Case Studies from the Interwar and the Socialist Period in Czechoslovakia

Katarzyna Gracz (Florence): Explaining the Divergence between the Social and Legal Norms with Regards to the Access to Knowledge and Culture or why did the Anti-ACTA Movement start in Poland

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00
Expansion of Intellectual Property Law, its Limits and Ambiguities - Chair: Louis Pahlow (Frankfurt/M.)

Debora Halbert (Honolulu): Samizdat, Copyright and the State: Copyright as Censorship and the Differences between East and West

Lida Barner (London/Washington D.C.): Intellectual Plunder? IP Rights of Jews under the Nazi Regime

Stina Teilmann-Lock (Kolding): Legal Designs: On the Use of Designers as Court-Appointed Experts in Danish Copyright Infringement Cases

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch

14:30 – 16:00
The Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights – A History of Adaption? - Chair: Peter Tschmuck (Vienna)

Friedemann Kawohl (Bournemouth): Conflicts between Nineteenth-Century Prussian Copyright Concepts and East Central European Legal Cultures

Giuliano D’Amico (Volda): Henrik Ibsen and Copyright

Public Evening Lecture
Adolf Dietz (Munich): The Influence of EU Copyright Harmonization Directives on the Building of Post-Socialist Copyright Law in Central and Eastern Europe
Venue: Centre for Area Studies (CAS)

Saturday, 3 November 2012

10:00 – 11:30
Tansformation of Intellectual Property Law since 1989 - Chair: Cindy Daase (Leipzig)

Mišo Dokmanović (Skopje): New Concept in Old Context: The Transformation of the Intellectual Property Legal Framework in Macedonia after the Dissolution of Yugoslavia

Tamar Taliashvili (Tbilisi): Reinventing the Intellectual Property Concept in the Post-Soviet Society – The Georgian Experience

Tina de Vries (Munich): The Development of Copyright- Law in Poland from the Interwar Period until Today, Exemplified through Cases decided by Polish Courts

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30
Globalization and Internationalization of Intellectual Property Law - Chair: Isabella Löhr (Heidelberg)

Christophe Germann (Geneva): Cultural Diversity against Piracy: Variable Geometry for Copryright Duration?

Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv): The Melting Pot of Copyright Law: Urheberrecht in Jerusalem

13:30 – 14:00
Concluding Remarks
Augusta Dimou (Leipzig)
Cindy Daase (Leipzig)

Contact (announcement)

Dr. Augusta Dimou
+49 (0)341-97 35 594

Cindy Daase, M.A.
+49 (0)341-97 35 532

Dr. Ewa Tomicka-Krumrey
+49 (0)341-97 35 564

Early registration is recommended as space
is limited

GWZO Leipzig, Specks Hof (Eingang A), Reichstr. 4-6, 04109 Leipzig