Monsters of Law - an event series about legal issues
Since february 2014, WMDE organises the event series "Monsters of Law", which discusses the legal framework for free knowledge. Experts from law offices or legal departments of cultural institutions give short insights into their topics and discuss them with the audience, community members and other interested people. For example, Prof. Dr. Katharina De la Durantaye, junior professor for civil law, talked about regulation of copyright exceptions in the scientific sector. On the latest edition, Dr. Till Jaeger, specialized lawyer for copyright and entertainment law, held a talk on "10 most popular solecisms about free software".
The events also provide the opportunity for GLAM staff members to ask and discuss very specific questions concerning their own institutions. For example, Dr. Ellen Euler, Deputy Manager of Finances, Law, and Communication at Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek held the talk "Culture and knowledge online - Do´s and don´ts for cultural heritage institutions". The broader idea of "Monsters of law" is not only to provide information on legal issues and free knowledge, but to gather volunteers, lawyers, GLAM staff and other people to make them discuss relevant questions concerning free knowledge together and publicly. Around 25 to 30 visitors come to each event, the view rates of the provided livestreams and videos reach from 100 to 800 views.