Interview | Dr Andres Guadamuz: The EU Copyright Directive, Text & Data Mining, Web3, the Metaverse, & NFTs

Dr Andres Guadamuz is a Reader in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Sussex and the Editor in Chief of the Journal of World Intellectual Property. His main research areas are on artificial intelligence (AI) and copyright, open licensing, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts. Andres has published two books, the most recent one of which is “Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation”, and he regularly blogs at He has acted as an international consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and has done activist work with Creative Commons. Andres notably talks about the EU Copyright Directive, addressing how the more controversial elements were pushed through and, on a positive note, how it enables text and data mining. He reflects on the interplay between copyright and new hypes like Web3, the Metaverse and NFTs. Andres further shares some thoughts on how copyright and digital policy is being shaped in general and on the copyright implications of Brexit.

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Video highlights with timestamps:

00:00 Intro

00:41 Guest introduction

01:39 Reflecting on the EU Copyright Directive

08:06 The EU Copyright Directive’s upside: Enabling text & data mining

12:38 A closer look at Web3 & the Metaverse

18:54 Web3’s looming danger for the public domain

20:23 Debunking the NFT hype

27:45 Hitting the ‘Wall’

29:23 The disconnect in shaping copyright & digital policy

31:44 Copyright implications of Brexit

34:03 Final thoughts

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