Global Network on Copyright User Rights

Carolina Botero speaks at the 2018 Global Congress


100+ leading legal scholars and practitioners from around the world.

The Network has members from countries on all continents, including representatives from the Global North and South. 

About the Global Network on Copyright User Rights

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The Network was formed in 2011 by a group of leading copyright academics from around the world. The objective of the Network was originally framed in the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, which called for “discussion of employing ‘open-ended’ limitations in national copyright legislation, in addition to specific exceptions.”

The work of the Network focuses on the publication of research and provision of technical assistance to explain how adopting more open, flexible and general user rights – both by adopting fair use-like open, flexible, general provisions, and by increasing the openness and flexibility of specific (non-general) exceptions – can promote social and economic interests.

In 2018, the network began working with advocates at WIPO on a proposed Treaty on Education and Research Activities (TERA)