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Jurisdiction II: Global Networks/Local Rules

September 11-12, 2000
San Francisco, CA

Speaker Biographies

Ute Decker

Legal Adviser, Legal Policy Department
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)

54 Regent St., W1 5PJ
London, UK
Tel.: +44 20 7878 7900; e-mail: ute.decker@ifpi.org


  • Joined IFPI as a Legal Adviser in September 1999
  • Responsible for Copyright and related matters with special emphasis on the development of legislation and international agreements.
  • Focus on questions resulting from the use of music on the Internet and the implementation of the 1996 WIPTreaties.
  • Represents IFPI in the Council of Europe and the WIPStanding Committees on Trademarks (SCT) and on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCT)

Previous Position:

Senior Researcher and Lecturer with Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren in Muenster at the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law (1996-1999)

Education and Training:

  • Legal Studies and practical training in Germany (Mainz, Munich), and London

Publications on the following subject in German and English:

  • Legal Implications of Electronic Payment Systems
  • Liability for infringement of Copyright on the Internet
  • Electronic Copyright Management Systems
  • Copyright implications of Electronic Archives and Research Tools

Co-author of the 'Multimedia-Handbuch' (the German book of reference for Internet-related legal issues) and of a commentary on the German Copyright Act

Numerous lectures and presentations on