Legal Frontiers in Digital Media


In the second half of May, JUDr. Veronika Křížová, LL.M. attended a conference co-organized by Berkeley Center for Law and Technology in Mountain View, CA. The panelists were, among others, legal experts from Google, Microsoft, representatives from non-governmental organization Electronic Frontier Foundation and of Stanford Center for Internet & Society. 

The main blocks of the conference were concerning the problematic in the area of copyright as well as personal data protection.  The focus was aimed at the latest legal development in these areas in the EU, mainly the CJEU decisions (GS Media v. Sanoma Media a Filmspeler) and current relevant case law in the USA following DMCA (BMG v. Cox, Vimeo or Mavrix Photographs v. LiveJournal).

The main topic was European regulation GDPR from the perspective of main differences in approach to the concept of privacy in the European legal tradition and the law of the United states.

The second day of the conference was designed to address the criminal law aspects, related to terrorist organizations recruiting, hacking and similar activities in the cyberspace. The speakers were scholars from UC Berkeley, a special agent from FBI, and members of the National Security Council and U.S. Secret Service. The afternoon block was focused on the legal responsibility of internet service providers, foremost in relation to the limitation of freedom of speech and defamation, where these questions were tackled by representatives of Facebook, Twitter and CNN.