Last week, the Institute for Information Law (IViR) celebrated it’s 25th anniversary with the international conference Information Influx. Information Influx bridged disciplines, regions and institutional perspectives to confront the major challenges of developing the rules that govern the expression, organization and re(use) of information in our society – as the central aspects of IViR’s Research Programme.

During the opening, Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission delivered a speech on copyright reform.

The debate about information, innovation, and intellectual property can be complex, personal, and heated. Neelie Kroes: “Our duty as lawmakers is to find a balance between creators and the justified interests of society. Yet that balance is changing. Transforming technology is changing how people use and re-use information. And disrupting a longstanding legal framework.”

Neelie Kroes welcomed that the Institute for Information continues to tackle these issues and to debate these issues objectively, she pleads for a forum both solid and open-minded – without political constraints, or vested interests.

EU Commissioner Kroes on Copyright reform