15. September 2020 | News

AIPPI Member Webinar: The Expansion of Copyright’s Subject Matter in a New Media Era


The Expansion of Copyright’s Subject Matter in a New Media Era

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (CEST)

In this era of new media, integrated development of media convergence is a new trend. New features such as online games, live sports / e-sports events, along with short videos which co-exist with other online media have created requirements and challenges for the expansion of copyright subject matter.


The latest version of the Berne Convention adopts an open legislative form for the description of the constituent elements and types of works, while the latter constantly change over time. Although the Universal Copyright Convention provides protection of the subject matter under the copyright law in a seemingly closed manner, in fact, it does not impose restrictive attributions on "literary and scientific works", and openly lists several types of works.


It can be difficult to understand whether and how online games, live sports /e-sports events, and short videos should be protected under copyright law. To answer this, we are happy to have Judge Dejia Yang from the PRC People’s Court to introduce how the Chinese court applies copyright law to provide protection for the new subject matter of copyright in the era of new media. Mr. Allen Wang, a renowned lawyer, will explain how practice is responding to the changes in the copyright’s subject matter and the current needs for its expansion in the Chinese era of “all-media”.


Mr. Dejia Yang

Chief Judge at IP Tribunal of Haidian District Court in Beijing

Judge Dejia Yang is the Chief Judge of the Fifth Civil Tribunal (Intellectual Property Tribunal) of the Haidian District People's Court of Beijing and is an expert from the Beijing Intellectual Property Expert Database. Mr. Yang has tried more than 2,000 cases of intellectual property right such as disputes concerning copyright, trademark right and unfair competition, etc. in the past 20 years. Among these several cases were chosen as the "Case of the Year" with the rulings having great significance and influence. Several judicial decisions written by him were also recognized as highly qualified judicial decisions by the Supreme People's Court of China.

Mr. Allen Wang

Managing Partner of Beijing TA Law Firm

Mr. Allen (Jun) Wang is one of the top IP & entertainment lawyers in China. He is an award winning lawyer recommended by several legal rating agencies, such as the Asia-Pacific Leading TMT/Entertainment Lawyer by Chambers & Partners since 2013, and Top 15 China Litigators and Top 15 China IP Lawyers by ALB. Some of cornerstone cases represented by him have also been listed as China's Top Ten Intellectual Property Cases/Incidents and the Most Influential Cases of the Year.


Mr. Wencong Xiong

Associate Professor of Law School of Minzu University of China
Wencong Xiong is an associate professor at the Law School of Minzu University of China. Wencong is a trustee of the China IP Law Academy and a senior visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. Wencong is also a Chinese lawyer with a PhD in Law from Renmin University of China.


  • The webinar is open to AIPPI members only. If you would like to become a member please contact us at members@aippi.org.
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