Copyright and Right to Research Lecture Series

Hosted by Professor Sean Flynn


Promoting “learning” and “science” were among the first purposes of early copyright laws. And human rights laws require states to respect, protect and promote rights to impart and receive information and to benefit from advances in science. This lecture series brings these two strands of law into conversation, and perhaps conflict, to explore the actual and ideal dimensions of the right to research in copyright law. The lectures discuss legal academic writings at the intersection of intellectual property, human rights, text and data mining research, international law, and advanced legal theory. Each lecture is being edited and published under an open license to enable reuse in educational and other contexts.   


Professor Flynn teaches courses on the intersection of intellectual property, trade law, and human rights and is the 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 the public interest in intellectual property and information law and coordinates PIJIP’s academic program.


Sep 1

Research Exceptions in Comparative Copyright
Professor Sean Flynn, American University, Washington College of Law 

Sep 8

The Right to Research in Human Rights Law
Prof. Sanya Samtani, University of Pretoria, South Africa;
Prof. Klaus Beiter, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa;
Prof. Desmond Oriakhogba, University of Venda, South Africa
Sara Bannerman, McMaster University

Sep 15

Garbage In, Garbage Out: How Fair Use Helps Address Bias in Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Amanda Levandowski, Georgetown University

Sep 22

Fair Use for Research
Prof. Peter Jaszi, Professor Emeritus, American University, Washington College of Law

Sep 29

Exceptions for TDM in US and EU
Prof Michael Carroll, American University, Washington College of Law
Dr. Felix Reda, Former Member of EU Parliament

Sep 30

Non-expressive Use
Prof. Matthew Sag, Emory Law School
Prof. Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

Oct 7

Civil Law Exceptions for TDM
Prof. Thomas Margoni, KU Leuven, Belgium
Prof. Allan Rocha de Souza, Federal University Rio de Janeiro

Oct 13

TDM and Licensing
Rachael Samberg, University of California, Berkeley
Dave Hansen, Executive Director of Authors Alliance
Erik Stallman, Associate Director of the Samuelson Clinic at UC Berkeley

Oct 14

TDM and Licensing
Prof. Lucie Guibault, Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University

Oct 20

Empirical Research: The Impact of Research Exceptions
Dr. Mike Palmedo, American University, Washington College of Law

Oct 27

How Text and Data Mining Research Works ???
Prof. Jens Pohlmann, University of Bremen, Germany
Prof. Vukosi Marivate, University of Pretoria

Nov 3

Critiquing IP Openness, Critical Theory in Copyright Law
Prof. Séverine Dusollier, SciencesPo, Paris
Prof. Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
Prof. Peter Jaszi, American University, Washington College of Law
Prof. Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada

Nov 10

Globalizing Fair Use
Prof. Peter Yu, Texas A&M University School of Law
Prof. Niva Elkin Koren, Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, Israel

Nov 11

Unfair Use as Market Failure
Prof. Ariel Katz, University of Toronto, Canada

Nov 17

International Copyright
Prof. Martin Senftleben, Amsterdam Law School
Prof. João Quintais, Amsterdam Law School