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Workshop: The Future of Sampling – Transformative Art or Copyright Infringement?

Plenty of sampling cases have reached the courts in Europe and the US over the past years. The approach taken by the courts ranged from requiring a licence for any kind of sample to stressing the importance of freedom of the arts and allowing sampling without compensation. The Metall auf Metall case that has kept German courts busy for years is pending a decision of the European Court of Justice. What will the future of sampling and copyright look like?

We invite an interdisciplinary group of experts in the field to contribute their perspective. From musicians and producers to social scientists and lawyers, we will discuss what the reality of sampling looks like today, which issues we identify and where reform ideas may be needed.

Several participants will give lightning talks on selected issues, but the workshop is designed so that everyone invited has enough time to present their ideas in the discussion. As we invite participants from different countries, the working language will be English.

Workshop: The Future of Sampling – Transformative Art or Copyright Infringement?
28.02.2018 | 2-6 PM | HIIG | Französische Straße 9 | 10117 Berlin

In 2017 and 2018, the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) organises the workshop series Music and Copyright Law in cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) to discuss the most urgent issues around music and copyright law in the digital society.

Please note that the workshops are not open for public. If you are interested in joining this or another upcoming workshop of the series, please get in touch with Jana Leusing for further details and registration.

Time and Place

The workshop series Music and Copyright Law takes place at the Alexander von Humboldt Institut for Internet and Society (HIIG), Französische Straße 9, in the room KOSMOS.

Event date

28.02.2018 | 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm ical | gcal


Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society,  Französische Straße 9,  10117 Berlin


Jana Leusing

Student Assistent: Global Constitutionalism and the Internet


This high-profile lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing.


Once a month we publicly discuss the impact of digitalisation on the society. Therefore we invite special guests and engage in a dialogue with the audience.


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