October 11: “Allowing Online Content to Cross Borders: Europe’s Quest for a Digital Single Market” – presentation by Giuseppe Mazziotti

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The Jean Monnet Center warmly invites you to the presentation by Professor Giuseppe Mazziotti, (Trinity College Dublin) titled: “Allowing Online Content to Cross Borders: Europe’s Quest for a Digital Single Market” Please see more information below.

Come and join what is bound to be a lively and interesting discussion on Wednesday 11 October from 2:303:30pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Location:  1st Floor Lounge, 22 Washington Square North, New York, NY 10011.

Seating is limited – please RSVP via email to jeanmonnet@nyu.edu


The removal of territorial barriers in content distribution has become a priority for the European Union in the context of its ‘Digital Single Market’ strategy. Smooth access to high-quality and customized content offerings is expected to give a boost to markets for creative works at a time when such markets are still affected by high piracy rates. Access to copyright works on a multi-territorial basis in Europe entails both regulatory changes and economic incentives to be given to content creators and suppliers of online services. Despite the existence of technologically borderless platforms, access to content in Europe is still very fragmented, especially in the audiovisual sector, where creative works are exploited locally and so-called ‘geo-blocking’ measures give effectiveness to licensing schemes for online exploitation rights that are still based on a ‘country-by-country’ logic. The talk focuses on the commercial and cultural factors that justify such territorial partitions and provides a critical overview of recent regulatory measures, such as a 2017 regulation aimed at enabling cross-border ‘portability’ of online content services within the EU.

Giuseppe Mazziotti is Assistant Professor in intellectual property law at the Trinity College Dublin and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. From 2009 to 2011 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked also as leader of research projects funded by the EU Commission such as MEDIADEM (media policy-making in EU member states) and LAPSI (legal aspects of public sector information). Giuseppe was also Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2004/2005), at Columbia Law School, New York (2010/2011) and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University (2011/2012) and at the Istituto de Technologia e Sociedade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015). He is currently Associate Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, where he co-managed the CEPS Digital Forum from August 2012 until December 2013. Prior to joining CEPS, Giuseppe advised IFPI (Representing the Recording Industry Worldwide), the European Commission (DG CONNECT), the European Parliament (DG for Internal Policies) and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities on various projects concerning intellectual property law and information technology. After having been an associate with Nunziante Magrone in Rome, he has worked as independent legal advisor with his own firm ‘Mediartis’. Giuseppe holds a summa cum laude Juris Doctor (JD) degree (2001) from the University of Perugia and a Master of Research (2003) and a PhD in Law (2007) from the European University Institute in Florence. He is also a musician and holds a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance (1997) and Chamber Music (2003) from the Music Academy of Perugia. Giuseppe worked for ten years (1994-2004) as principal clarinettist for the Perugia Symphony Orchestra and as a critic and speaker for the Italian radio broadcaster RAI Radio 3.