In the last decade, international copyright law has been undergoing major transformations. More people and governments are now challenging the strict adherence to copyrights laws by calling for a broader and multidimensional approach which includes development issues, access-to-knowledge considerations, and the rights of intellectual property users, among other factors. Is there a right approach?
In his lecture, Guy Pessach will examine changes in international copyright law by recounting the road to two recent treaties – the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled – and explain how they represent a crossroad which international copyright law is now facing.
Guy Pessach is an Associate Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and also the Academic Director of its Minerva Center for Human Rights, and Head of the Intellectual Property, Law, and Technology Forum. His main areas of research are copyright law, comparative and international aspects of the creative industries, and law and technology. Professor Pessach was a Fulbright Scholar, a Residential Fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and a visiting professor at Columbia Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to his academic career, Guy clerked for Justice Itzhak Zamir of the Supreme Court of Israel, worked in private practice, and served as an attorney at the State Attorney’s Office of Economic Department in Israel.
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