Author:Axel Metzger
Axel Metzger
by Axel Metzger
© 2019 Axel Metzger
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It is a great pleasure to introduce the new issue
of JIPITEC – the Journal of Intellectual Property,
Information Technology and E-Commerce Law
– to its esteemed readers. Issue 10(1) marks the
celebration of an important milestone for the
journal, its 10
anniversary. The journal was founded
in 2009 by Thomas Dreier (Karlsruhe), Gerald
Spindler (Göttingen), and Axel Metzger (Berlin) with
the help of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
(DFG). In the years following, the board of editors
was enlarged as we welcomed Séverine Dusollier
(Paris), Lucie Guibault (Halifax), Miquel Peguera
Poch (Barcelona), Chris Reed (London), and Karin
Sein (Tartu) as members. With the help of the new
editors, JIPITEC has developed during its rst ten
years into a European journal with international
aspiration. Since 2016, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Recht und Informatik (DGRI) has supported JIPITEC
as its main sponsor and partner of cooperation.
Statistics show that visits to JIPITEC’s website have
tripled in the last ve years – from around 10,000 in
2014 to 30,000 in 2018. The majority of the readers
in 2018 originated from the United States (13,961),
followed by the United Kingdom (3,911), Germany
(2,130), the Netherlands (1,023), and France (1,004).
JIPITEC is thus read and cited across Europe and
beyond. It has just recently been included on
HeinOnline and will soon be listed on Scopus,
two major international publication and citation
databases. Since 2009, JIPITEC has published three
to four issues per year, comprising scientic peer
reviewed articles, with occasional supplementary
material, such as, political statements by academics,
case notes and reports, as well as book reviews.
The current issue shows how vibrant the scientic
community of JIPITEC is today. Its editors received
17 article submissions for this issue – none of which
were solicited actively. All the submissions have been
reviewed by at least one (often two) expert(s) in the
eld in a double-blind peer review process. We are
extremely grateful to our reviewers, all renowned
experts in their eld, who undertook the burden of
quality control of the journal’s contents in the last
ten years on a voluntary basis.
The contributions of issue 10(1) reect the main
areas of interest of JIPITEC over the last ten years.
Daniel Gervais provides a broad overview of the
challenges to the different types of intellectual
property rights raised by big data and articial
intelligence (“Exploring the Interfaces Between Big
Data and Intellectual Property Law”). Tatiana Eleni
Synodinou explains the still vague but practically
very important concept of lawful use in European
copyright law (“Lawfulness for Users in European
Copyright Law”). In their paper, Mathew Heim and
Igor Nikolic consider how the European FRAND
access regime could be applied as a regulatory
solution for dominant digital platforms (“A FRAND
Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms”). Amélie
Pia Heldt explores the human rights dimension of
the use of lter technologies by intermediaries
(“Upload-Filters: Bypassing Classical Concepts of
Censorship?”). Begoña Gonzalez Otero evaluates the
current initiatives of the European Commission to
foster data sharing in the private sector with a special
emphasis on data access for articial intelligence
training purposes (“Evaluating the EC Private Data
Sharing Principles”). René Mahieu, Joris van Hoboken
and Hadi Asghari examine the question of who is
responsible for observing data protection obligations
in networked service settings under the current
European data protection rules (“Responsibility for

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