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Summer School Highlights - Shanghai

The summer school program was concluded in Shanghai from November 29 to September 3. The Summer School was organized in cooperation with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) Law School. Amongst the students were graduate students and Ph.D. candidates from a number of renowned law schools all across China (such as Tongji University, Renmin University of China, University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, University of Macau and SHUFE) as well as nine law students from the University of Hamburg. .

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The Shanghai part of the summer school was eventually concluded with an expert workshop on "An Alternative Intellectual Copyright Approach". As a special guest, Prof Herbert Burkert (Research Centre for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen), outlined a discussion framework for copyright policy.

Prof Grosheide, Dr Kreutzer, Dr Schulz and Prof Li Mingde from the Co-Reach Consortium as well as Prof Fuping Gao, dean of the IP School at East China University of Political Science & Law and Ms Zhongyi Tao, a Ph.D. candidate at Hong Kong University and winner of a call for papers amongst the summer school student participants, explained their views on alternative(s to) copyright with discussions being moderated by Dr Tang Guan and Prof Kierkegaard. There was considerable controversy amongst the workshop participants on the question which consequences copyright policy makers should draw from apparent changes brought about by technological and social developments. Opinions ranged from the demand for radical changes to copyright law over a tailor-made approach to a more conservative point of view which argued that copyright has indeed survived many technological changes in the past. Those arguments were complemented by practitioners' (Mr. Qiangguo Fu, Managing Partner of Watson & Band, and The Honorable Zhenyuan Hu, presiding judge of the Shanghai First Intermediate People's Court) points of view on IP enforcement.

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