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MLRC's 5th Annual

European Media Lawyers Conference

June 3, 2019 | Berlin


Join media lawyers from Germany, America, England, and across Europe for a full-day of interactive discussion on comparative issues in media law and policy.



8:45-9:30 Registration & Breakfast

9:30-10:45 Fake News, Disinformation, Media Scandals and the Effect on Democracy
Have press scandals bolstered populist leaders’ attacks on the press? How are attacks on the press affecting European media and democracy?  What is the status of the EU’s effort to combat fake news and disinformation. 
Prof. Dr. Roger Mann, Damm & Mann (Hamburg); Prof. Oreste Pollicino, Portolano Cavallo (Milan); Prof. Dr. Christoph Fiedler, Verband Deutcher Zeitschriftenverleger (Berlin); Delphine Meillet (Paris); Daniel Drepper, Editor in Chief, BuzzFeed Germany

11:00-12:00 Vetting Exercise: Analyzing a hypothetical news article from US, German and other European perspectives
Group discussion led by George Freeman, MLRC (New York)

12:-1:45 Lunch and Panel: Reporting from Berlin: Journalists speaking on the challenges faced in reporting from Germany and abroad at a time of attacks on the press
Melissa Eddy, New York Times, Berlin Bureau; Lisa Jani, Spokesperson, Berlin Criminal Court

1:45:-2:45 Legal Issues When Reporting on Leaked or National Security Information
What are the legal risks in publishing leaked and hacked information? Was Julian Assange engaged in journalism? Should his conduct be protected?Gill Phillips, The Guardian (London); Karina Hesse, Axel Springer (Berlin); Olaf Trojan, Bird & Bird (The Hague); Jay Brown, Ballard Spahr (Washington, D.C.)

3:00-4:00 The German Media Market: Migrating to digital, working with platforms, costs and benefits of EU copyright reform
How are German publishers handling the challenges in migrating to digital?  What are the revenue challenges? Will the EU Copyright Directive help or hurt publishers?
Prof. Dr. Jan Hegemann, Raue (Berlin); Christoph Keese, Axel Springer (Berlin)

4:15-5:15 Football and Personality Rights
Legal issues surrounding the commercialization of personal identity. Does Oliver Kahn own the nickname The Titan? Can players’ names and identity be used in video games?  What are the boundaries between protected speech and advertising?
Kelli Sager, Davis Wright Tremaine (Los Angeles); Dr. Ralph Oliver Graef, GRAEF Rechtsanwälte (Hamburg)

5:15 Conference Reception (included in registration)


Registration: 150 Euros ($175 U.S.) and includes breakfast, lunch and reception

Location: Raue, Potsdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin

About Media Law Resource Center

MLRC is the leading professional organization for media companies and their lawyers. MLRC is supported by over 120 members, including leading content providers and platforms in digital, broadcast and print media, trade associations, and media insurance professionals, in America and around the world. Our membership also includes more than 200 law firms worldwide that specialize in media representation and defending freedom of expression.

Hotel Information

The following hotels are within walking distance of the conference center or easily accessible with public transportation.

Hyatt Berlin, Potsdamer Platz

The Ritz Carlton, Potsdamer Platz 3, 10785

Berlin Marriott Hotel, Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1, 10785

The Mandala Hotel, Potsdamer Straße 3, 10785

Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963

Mövenpick Hotel Berlin, Schöneberger Str. 3, 10963

NH Collection Stresemannstr 47, 10963

Hotel Motel, One Berlin-Potsdamer Platz, Leipziger Pl. 12, 10117



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