Tuesday, November 14, 13:00 Luncheon; 13:20 Panel Discussion
@World Intellectual Property Organization, Room A, AB Building
Sponsored by: The Brazilian Delegation to WIPO,
and the American University Washington College of Law Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property

Background and Purpose

There is an increasing recognition in both domestic and international copyright reform debates that all creators and users in all countries benefit from copyright systems that are balanced with both author and user rights. A key balancing feature of modern copyright law is sufficient flexibility to accommodate the shifting technologies and practices of the digital age. This is particularly true in the field of education, where the evolution of digital technologies has made distribution of educational materials more cost effective, and raised concerns in some sectors about market erosion. This panel discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities that digital technologies pose for copyright and educational materials distribution and what the best role for WIPO to play in the field might be.


  • Daniel Pinto, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Brazil
  • Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law (Presentation)
  • Nikola Wachter, Education International
  • Allan Rocha, Federal University Rio De Janeiro (Presentation)
  • Henrique Mota, President of the Federation of European Publishers
  • Jonathan Band, Library Copyright Alliance