Globalizing Fair Use: Exploring the Diffusion of General, Open and Flexible Exceptions in Copyright Law


March 29, 2017 | 9:00-3:30 | Rooms Y401-402
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20016
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Symposium will be followed by an evening roundtable event on Globalizing Fair Use

American University Washington College of Law’s Program and Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the American University International Law Review (“AUILR”) host this symposium exploring new directions in domestic and international copyright law promoting adoption of general copyright exceptions that are open and flexible.

For these purposes: A general exception applies a single test to multiple categories of use; An open exception can be applied to uses for potentially any purpose, use or work; A flexible exception is one applied through a proportionality test balancing the interests of rights holders with those of users, third parties and society at large.

AUILR will publish a dedicated volume of its law review with papers from the conference (which must be separately accepted by the Law Review). Advance consideration for publication will be given to articles submitted by March 21 to Sean Flynn ( and the AUILR editor in chief ( Those wishing to be considered for publication after the March 29 workshop should submit finished draft papers to by May 31.


9:00 Y401 Introduction: TBD
9:15 Y401 Presentations:

  • Martin Senftleben, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    “The Perfect Match– Civil Law Judges and Open-Ended Fair Use Provisions”
  • Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan, University of Cambridge
    “User’s rights in IP Law – Conceptual Challenges” (provisional title)
  • Allan Rocha, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
    “Limitations and Exceptions in the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice: Towards an Implicit General Clause”

Chair: Sean Flynn

 11:00  Break
 11:30  Y401  Presentation: Patrick Goold, Harvard Law School
“The Case for a Balanced ‘Three Step Test’ in International Copyright Law”

Chair: Michael Carroll

Commenter: Peter Yu

 11:30  Y402  Presentation: Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
“Relying on (User) Rights-Talk to Globalize Fair Use: On Copyright Limits and Rhetorical Risks”

Chair: Peter Jaszi (Chair)

Commenter: Ariel Katz, Matt Sag

 12:15  Lunch
 1:15  Y402  Presentations

  • Niva Elkin Koren, Haifa Center for Law & Technology
    “How Does Fair Use Fare as Legal Transplant? Lessons from Israel”
  • Orit Fischman Afori, Haim Striks School of Law
    “Rulifying Fair Use: The Israeli Experience”

Chair: Kimberlee Weatherall

 2:15  Break
 2:30  Y402 Presentation:  Sean Flynn, Mike Palmedo, Walter Park, User Rights Database and Empirical Research
 3:30  Y112  Reception for Evening Program