The internet is fundamentally changing the cultural economy, presenting authors with both challenges and opportunities. It has enabled new forms of creative expression and new ways to connect to audiences – and opened up (but also sometimes required) new economical strategies.

How can authors make a living in the middle of these cultural shifts? What role does the legal framework on issues like copyright play?

MEP Julia Reda and MEP Josef Weidenholzer invite you to two panel discussions: One where authors and creators who are at the forefront of these developments talk about challenges they are facing within the current system – followed by a second one showcasing new ways and strategies.

Both discussions take place at the European Parliament at Room PHS 1A02 on Monday, April 20, 14:00-17:30. They are followed by a book presentation by New York Times bestselling author and journalist Cory Doctorow at the Yehudi Menuhin area, as well as a piano concert on Thursday, April 23.

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Monday, April 20 – Room PHS 1A02

Opening remarks by MEP Julia RedaGreens/EFA, Pirate Party

14:00 Panel discussion – New authors facing old systems

16:00 Panel discussion – New ways to make a living in the arts

18:30 “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free” – Book Presentation by Cory Doctorow

Get a signed copy of “Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age” by Cory Doctorow
Yehudi Menuhin space

English/French interpretation and a live stream will be available.
See also: Facebook event

Thursday, April 23 – Yehudi Menuhin space


19:00 Piano Concert: Free the classics

  • Presentation by Robert Douglass on the Open Goldberg Variations project and challenges around classical music and the copyright framework
  • Concert: Various works by Frédéric Chopin (Nocturnes, Préludes)
    At the piano: Kimiko Ishizaka


Please register by email – if you do not have access badge to the Parliament, please make sure to include:

  • Which part of the event you are registering for
  • Full name
  • Birth date
  • Nationality
  • ID type (passport or ID)
  • Number of ID/passport

For the April 20 panels, please be at the Place Luxembourg (Altiero Spinelli) entrance by 13:30! Attendance is free.

This conference is part of a series of public events organized by my office dedicated to the coming European copyright reform.


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