Fair Use in the Digital Age: Reflections on the Fair Use Doctrine in Copyright Law
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Registration 5:45pm; Lecture 6:15pm; Reception 7:30pm
Room 603 | American University Washington College of Law
At the Fourth Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture in Intellectual Property, Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will present a lecture on the role of the fair use doctrine within the structure of copyright law. Judge Leval is responsible for introducing the concept of transformative use to United States fair use jurisprudence and will discuss the development of the doctrine to date. He is the author of the court’s opinion in Authors Guild Inc., et al. v. Google, Inc. (October 16, 2015) in which the court held that Google’s digitization of copyright-protected works, creation of a search functionality, and display of snippets from those works are non-infringing fair uses. Judge Leval also authored Toward a Fair Use Standard, 103 HARV. L. REV. 1105 (1990).
PIJIP’s Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property Law is named in recognition of the continuing contributions of Professor Peter Jaszi to the study of intellectual property at WCL and in the world at large, and in particular for his lasting contributions to the elevation of the public interest in intellectual property discourse.
Pierre N. Leval is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard College (‘58), and Harvard Law School (‘63), where he served as Note Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1963-64, Judge Leval served for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he was Chief of Appeals. During 1969-74, Judge Leval practiced, first as an associate, then a partner, at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, primarily in international finance and litigation. He then joined the District Attorney of New York County, serving as First Assistant and Chief Assistant. In 1977 he was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he served until his appointment to the Circuit in 1993. Judge Leval has published and lectured on copyright, intellectual property and free speech issues. He is the recipient of the Learned Hand Medal of the Federal Bar Council (‘97) and honorary doctorates of the Vermont Law School (‘96) and the New York Law School (‘02). He has delivered the Howard & Iris Kaplan Lecture at Hofstra Law School (‘06); the James Madison Lecture at New York University School of Law (‘05); the Horace S. Manges Lecture on Intellectual Property at the Columbia Law School (‘03); the Alexander M. Bickel Distinguished Professorship Lecture in Communications Law at Hofstra Law School (‘02); the Intellectual Property Lecture of the University of Connecticut Law School (‘01); the Melville Nimmer Lecture at UCLA Law School (‘97); the Fowler Harper Fellowship Lecture at Yale Law School (‘92); the Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture of the Copyright Society of the United States (‘89); and the Hillman Memorial Fellowship Lecture at the University of Wisconsin (‘88). Judge Leval has been an adjunct professor at the New York University School of Law and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York County Lawyers Association and the Federal Bar Council.