September 9, 2014

6:00PM - 7:00PM
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut St.
  • Peter Decherney

    Professor of English

Freedom to Innovate: The Global Spread of Fair Use

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

For 150 years, fair use—which allows works protected by copyright to be used without permission—was a United States-only doctrine. Fair use has encouraged technological innovation from the VCR to Google, and it has permitted criticism, debate, and appropriation art. Over the past decade and a half, South Korea, Israel, and Singapore have all adopted U.S.-style fair use. Today, a dozen additional countries are considering new fair use laws. Decherney will discuss the potential impact of global fair use on technology, creativity, and online debate.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Café. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Penn Café events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. Contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 5–7 p.m.

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