Podcast: Data protection law in Japan – Data transfer between the EU and Japan

In a special edition of the ITM podcast series, Toshihiro Wada, currently a research assistant at ITM, presents data protection law in Japan. The podcast focuses on the legal assessment of data transmission between the EU and Japan.

The podcast is in German.


Additional Training: Journalism and Law 2019

For the nineteenth time in March 2019, the civil law department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law under the direction of Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren will be organizing the unique journalist training for lawyers in Germany.

Law students and young lawyers learn the basic techniques of journalistic writing. Language and rhetoric are trained in a practical way. In particular, the practical ability, which is also relevant for lawyers and judges, to convey legal facts in a generally understandable manner and to transfer them to the public is taught. Specialist editors from renowned publishing houses, print and radio media and press spokespersons from the legal field give theoretical and practical introductions to their respective professional fields. In 2019, additional training will be supported by WDR Studio Münster, C.H.Beck-Verlag and Westfälische Nachrichten Münster, among others. This also gives participants the opportunity to make valuable contacts.

The coveted training course will take place from Monday, 11 March 2019 to Friday, 15 March.2019 all day.

Further information, also on the application procedure, can be found here.

Iris Siegfried is awarded honorary professorship in Hamburg

Iris Siegfried has long been known as a lecturer in music law at the ITM. We would like to congratulate her on her appointment as honorary professor at the Hamburg Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre.

Iris Siegfried is active both as a musician on stage and as a specialist lawyer in intellectual property law. Since 2008 she has also taught at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre in the subject “Intellectual Property and Copyright”. In July 2018, the university awarded her an honorary professorship for this subject. The ITM sends congratulations and looks forward to further cooperation!

The cops got my phone! – A book as copyright exam

Report by Alisa Liebchen – SHK at the ITM and examiner

The fact that the final exams of Prof. Thomas Hoeren’s classes are sometimes unconventional and require creative solutions has been known and notorious at the latest since the legendary coke bottle retreat. The recent copyright enclosure on Friday 27 July continued this tradition.

Guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Wachowicz on Brazilian copyright law

Last Monday, July 9th, the guest professor Prof. Dr. Marcos Wachowicz gave an excellent lecture on Brazilian copyright law during the copyright lecture by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren. Prof. Wachowicz from the Federal University of Paraná (Brazil) is visiting the ITM as a guest researcher and will conduct research this year on copyright issues and the regulation of blockchain. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Brazilian copyright law, he critically analysed the development of the law, especially in terms of modern IT developments. In particular, multimedia works and the development of software posed challenges to Brazilian law. Since the law was passed, heated debates have been taking place in Brazil. Many criticise its lack of flexibility with regard to digitisation. Prof. Wachowicz called for further reforms of copyright law in order to bring private and commercial interests into an appropriate balance.

The comparisons with German law were particularly interesting. In contrast to German copyright law, Brazilian copyright law primarily protects investments and not non-material interests, Prof. Wachowicz repeatedly made clear. While copies for private use are permitted in Germany, he surprised the audience when he explained that Brazilian students are not allowed to copy books, as private copies are also prohibited in Brazil. He also referred to sampling, which is much discussed in Germany, and pointed out that this is also not permitted in Brazil. It became clear in the course of the presentation that debates in Brazil were similar to those in the EU.

Thomas Hoeren receives Daedalus medal

The German National Academic Foundation has awarded Professor Thomas Hoeren of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law at the University of Münster the Daidalos Coin for his outstanding commitment as a lecturer in trust.

On Monday, July 2, 2018, the Studienstiftung awarded the Daidalos coin to Professor Thomas Hoeren for his many years of intensive commitment as a trusted lecturer to the Studienstiftung. The ceremony in honour of the Münster lawyer took place in the Orangery of the Botanical Garden of the University of Münster.