IViR Lecture: Research Exceptions in Comparative Copyright

IViR is pleased to announce that
Sean Flynn
will give a lecture entitled

Research Exceptions in Comparative Copyright
on Thursday 4 November 2021

Sean Flynn is Director and Professorial Lecturer at the American University, Washington College of Law (WCL).

Sean Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP). At PIJIP, Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program.

His personal page is here and he tweets at @Sean_Fiil_Flynn


Recent scholarship has highlighted the positive impact on scholarship of copyright exceptions for text and data mining and of more “open” exceptions for research uses. Until now, however, there has not been a collection and categorization of the world’s copyright laws according to the degree to which they provide exceptions for research.

In this lecture the results of the first such study will be discussed. The study shows that every copyright law in the world has at least one exception to promote research uses of copyrighted works, but that such exceptions vary widely between countries. We conclude that the world’s exceptions for research can be categorized along a five point spectrum from the most open to (Green in our map) to the most closed (Red) to research uses, including for text and data mining (or “computational”) research. This information may be useful to policy makers searching for models as well to scholars looking for independent variables to use in impact analysis.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the Congress on Copyright and the Public Interest, Brazil.

Date: 4 November 2021
Time: 17.00 – 18.30 CET (Amsterdam)
Place: This lecture will take place in hybrid form:
– Institute for Information Law, REC A, room 5.24, Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, Amsterdam
– Online via Zoom

See also the flyer.

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