Centre for Content Promotion


Digital Single Market in the European Union

Insight and Analysis Lecture Series


Admission is free, but seats may be limited. Attendance is by registration only. Please register by 1 September 2016.

Time and Date

9 September 2016 (Friday) 

4.00pm to 5.30pm
(Registration starts from 3.30pm onwards)


SMU Administration Building
Function Room 4.1, Level 4
81 Victoria Street Singapore 188065


3.30pm Registration 
4.00pm Lecture by Mr Ted Shapiro 
5.00pm Comments by Mr Mark Lim 
5.15pm Discussion and Q & A 
5.30pm Refreshments & End of Event

Public CPD Points

1.5 points (provided SILE’s CPD Attendance Policy is complied with)

Practice Area

Intellectual Property

Training Level


CCP and the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA) have partnered on a thought leadership initiative which aims at exploring and discussing current and emerging issues in the areas of creative development, technological innovation, and social discourse. The initiative consists on a series of 60-75 minutes lectures  – the Insight & Analysis Lecture Series – featuring acclaimed international speakers and compelling topics

The lectures will take place at Singapore Management University and will be webcasted and made available through designated channels.  Guest speakers will have an allocated time to present, and their presentations will be followed by one-on-one engagement with a distinguished commentator and a Q&A session with audience attendees. Each lecture will be followed by a reception sponsored by the organizers, which will provide further opportunities for informal networking between the speakers and the attendees.



The European Union has embarked upon an ambitious strategy which aims to create a Digital Single Market where “the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital is ensured — and where citizens and businesses can seamlessly and fairly access online goods and services: whatever their nationality, and wherever they live.” An important piece of this ambitious endeavour concerns adapting EU copyright rules to certain “realities”, including technological change and new consumer behaviours, while at the same time maintaining the requisite level of protection and preserving cultural diversity across the EU. In his presentation, Mr. Shapiro will provide a general update on the EU’s DSM project with a focus on copyright reforms.


Ted Shapiro is a partner with over 20 years’ experience who heads Wiggin’s Brussels office. He is a recognised expert in international and European copyright law assisting clients on issues related to policy, litigation, compliance and commercial matters. He is also experienced in managing campaigns to influence legislation as well as helping organisations and companies navigate the legislative and regulatory environment at the international, EU and Member State levels. Mr. Shapiro joined Wiggin in January 2013 from the Motion Picture Association in Brussels, where he was the General Counsel for Europe. In addition to overseeing the operation of a multi-jurisdictional litigation and compliance programme, he was in charge of the provision of legal services to senior MPA executives and the MPA’s member studios related to intellectual property, new media, collective management, audiovisual regulation, competition, trade and data protection issues. In 2011, Mr. Shapiro co-published a book on copyright law entitled “Copyright in the Information Society: A Guide to National Implementation of the European Directive”. He has also written numerous articles on copyright issues including on recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU. He is admitted to the bar of Massachusetts, and is a registered European lawyer with the Brussels Bar and a solicitor in England and Wales.


Mark Lim is Senior Legal Counsel with the IP Academy of Singapore and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). He currently heads the Hearings and Mediation Group at IPOS, provides legal advice for the IP Management for Public Agencies programme; and oversees the development and curation of training events in the area of IP law for the legal  community in Singapore. Prior to joining IPOS in 2010, Mark was a lawyer in private practice for 15 years. At his last firm, a medium-sized law firm in Singapore, he established and headed the IP, Media & Entertainment Department. Mark’s work encompassed all areas of IP law, including both contentious as well as non-contentious IP matters. Mark was also the Vice-Chairman for the Singapore Law Society’s IP Committee for several years. He has published many articles in both local and international journals, including the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, European Intellectual Property Review, Journal of International Arbitration, Copyright World and Trademark World. Mark is also a co-author of the volume on IP in Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore. He has been recognized as a leading IP lawyer in a number of international publications.


Frank Rittman is a Founding Director of the Centre for Content Promotion. An independent consultant operating primarily in the fields of media, entertainment, and cross-market development, Frank most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Deputy Managing Director and Asia-Pacific Regional Policy Officer for the Motion Picture Association, a trade association representing six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment.  Prior to that Frank was the Vice President of International Affairs for the National Music Publishers’ Association and The Harry Fox Agency, Inc.  A native New Yorker, Frank began his career as the Director of Contracts & Copyrights for the Macmillan Publishing Company and his professional appointments include serving as a former Chairman of the New York County Lawyers’ Association Entertainment Law Committee, as well as on the Board of Directors of CASBAA, the non-profit association representing the pay-TV interests in the Asia Pacific region.

The next Insight & Analysis Lecture will be delivered by the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Mr. Kirk Wagar, on 15 November 2016.

Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. This includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to sileCPDcentre.sg for more information

Please note that your photograph, audio-video or other recordings may be taken during the event for use by Singapore Management University in social media, promotional collaterals, event publicity, and other related purposes.