PIJIP Awarded Google Grant to Research Copyright Balance Reqs. in Int’l Trade Law


The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) has been approved to receive a generous gift from Google Inc. The generous gift will support the work of PIJIP to undertake research and dissemination activities on the promotion of copyright balance in international trade agreements, including particularly in relation to the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Specific outcomes of the project during this period will include:

  • Public and private meetings and workshops on IP in NAFTA. Coinciding with the announcement of a renegotiation of NAFTA to begin in Fall 2017, PIJIP will seek to organize a series of meetings and public events around the IP chapter of NAFTA. The meetings will include public webcast events designed to reach a broad audience, policy briefings planned with industry associations and think tanks designed to target government officials and hill staffers, and academic conferences designed to promote scholarship.
  • Model trade agreement text promoting open copyright exceptions. PIJIP will undertake research on models for promoting balance in copyright in previous trade agreements and work with the User Rights Network to develop model text.
  • Research on the value of open copyright exceptions. PIJIP will utilize its User Rights Database (mapping the evolution of copyright user rights over time in 20-40 countries around the world) to perform econometric studies on the positive impact that open copyright exceptions have on information industries in key countries.

PIJIP is the internationally recognized and nationally ranked intellectual property and information law research and academic program of AUWCL. PIJIP’s academic programs, including our new LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property, and a first in the nation IP Clinic, offer an unparalleled course of study in the fields of intellectual property and information law. PIJIP’s faculty is among the most prolific and engaged IP faculties in the world. Full-time faculty teach courses in every major topic of the field, including Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, Cyberlaw, and a full array of international intellectual property law courses.