Maïa Bensimon is a French-American Lawyer and works as General Counsel for the Société des Gens de Lettres (SGDL) in France.
Since June 2021, Maïa Bensimon is Vice President of the European Writers’ Council.
Born in 1979 in the Paris Region, Maïa Bensimon was raised in a family of teachers, all readers attached to Literature and Education. After law school, Maïa dedicated her work to authors’ rights and intellectual property. Today, her engagement is towards both Literature (through SGDL & EWC) and Education (through SOS Education, a French association for Education).
In 2006, she defended the SGDL, as a lawyer, in the litigation against Google for the use of Google Books (which led to a judgement in 2009 condemning Google, the first in history for authors’ rights matters). Between 2006 and 2015, besides intellectual property, she got interested in data protection and privacy and digital matters such as artificial intelligence. In 2015, she defended a case related to the music industry after 10 years of expertise and is now knowledgeable in how collective management organizations work with one another in the world. In 2019, Maïa participated in defending the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.