From Intellectual Property to Data - Developments and Trends in the Digital Age

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Prof. Dr. Catharina Maracke

Associate Professor of IT and Data Law

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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On May 23rd, 2018, Prof. Dr. Catharina Maracke (Associate Professor of IT and Data Law) will held her Inaugural on the topic "From Intellectual Property to Data - Developments and Trends in the Digital Age". The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.


Technology, especially in the digital age, can often be one step ahead of the law. Online file sharing has challenged conventional assumptions about the way intellectual property law balances the interests of rightholders and the interest of the users. Social media platforms have triggered a debate about data law and whether intellectual property law can be expanded to provide protection for data. In addition, a new European privacy law is on its way to shift power balance towards consumers. The lecture “From Intellectual Property to Data - Development and Trends in the Digital Age" by Dr. Catharina Maracke will give an overview of the recent discussion around intellectual property law and data and focus on the interplay between technology and the law.


Catharina Maracke is an Associate Professor of IT and Data Law at Kühne Logistics University. She holds a second appointment as Affiliate Professor at the Bucerius Law School, where she is part of the Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Library and Information Science, Humboldt University Berlin, a Project Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Japan, and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, USA.

Catharina Maracke graduated from the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and the Hamburg Court of Appeal, Germany, with the first and second state examination. While studying, she obtained a scholarship from the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich to write her PhD thesis on the history of the German Copyright Act of 1965. Catharina has served as international director at Creative Commons, as a board member for the OpenCourseWare Consortium and as a member of the World Economic Forums’ Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Intellectual Property System. Her research and teaching is focused on intellectual property law and policy, standardization efforts for public licensing schemes, and the general interaction between law and technology. At Kühne Logistics University, Catharina is mainly interested in exploring the ways, in which various legal questions, including intellectual property and privacy, interfere with different types of business models and technology. Her current research includes legal and ethical questions for self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicle technologies.



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Melanie Winkelmann

Faculty Assistant