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Leading US copyright experts to debate “Fair Use” at Charles Clark Memorial Lecture

21st February 2017

This year’s Charles Clark Lecture at the London Book Fair will see two eminent copyright law specialists debate one of the most controversial areas of international copyright law – the doctrine of Fair Use.

At a time when a number of countries are reviewing their copyright laws and in some cases considering the introduction of US style Fair Use, this highly topical debate will analyse its development, internationally and across formats, and examine arguments in favour of and against the expansion of Fair Use.

The debate, the first ever of this format in the Charles Clark lecture series, will be moderated by Peter Day who has over 40 years of experience in broadcasting and reporting on business issues for the BBC. 

The two speakers are:

  • Judge Pierre Leval, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has been a major architect of the Fair Use doctrine in the United States, most recently as the author of the Google Books decisions.
  • Jon Baumgarten, intellectual property lawyer and former General Counsel for the US Copyright Office. He has litigated precedent setting Fair Use cases and advocates a more narrow interpretation of the doctrine as applied in those cases.

The Charles Clark Lecture has come to be the leading copyright event at The London Book Fair, having been founded by representative organisations from across the publishing industry; the Publishers Association (PA), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS). This year’s event attracts additional support from the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the International Publishers Association (IPA), the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations (IFRRO) as well as sponsorship from leading law firms specialising in IP.

The lecture will take place during The London Book Fair on Wednesday 15 March from 4.00pm-6.30pm in the Conference Centre at Olympia.