Presentation at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
American University Washington College of Law, August 26, 2011

Professor Bernt Hugenholtz 

Institute for Information Law
University of Amsterdam

Slides | Biography

Prof. Hugenholtz argues that public interest framework for copyright reform should promote cultural production and participation; promote freedom of expression and communication; promote innovation and competition; and promote education and science. This fits with the public interest justification of intellectual property as expressed in domestic and international law.  Hugenholtz’s specific recommendations are to limit the subject matter that can be protected by raising the threshold of originality and creativity; restrict the scope of the reproduction right; reduce the term of protection; and broaden limitations and exceptions.