Copyright User Rights and Access to Justice Symposium

Thursday, May 18, 2017 (All day) to Friday, May 19, 2017 (All day)

Copyright User Rights and Access to Justice Symposium
18-19 May, 2017


University of Windsor
Faculty of Law

Conference Venue:
Freed Orman Centre
400 Huron Church Road
Windsor, ON N9C 2J9

(entrance located on North end of Assumption Hall)



Conference Synopsis


Conference Agenda

Thursday May 18, 2017

9:00-9:15 am:            Registration

9:30 am:                    Introductory Remarks

9:45 am:                    The evolution of copyright user rights

David Vaver, Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law, University of Oxford, Emeritus Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and former Director of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada)

10:15 am:                   Break

10:30 am:                   Panel I Critical Approaches to Copyright User Rights

Carys Craig, Associate Dean (Research & Institutional Relations), Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, “Relying on (User) Rights-Talk: On Copyright Limits and Rhetorical Risks.” (abstract)

Bob Tarantino, PhD Student, Osgoode Hall Law School, Calvinball: Users’ Rights, Public Choice Theory and Rules Mutable Games” (abstract)

Ariel Katz, Associate Professor, Innovation Chair – Electronic Commerce Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, “On the Partial (In)Alienability of Users’ Rights” (abstract)

12:30-1:45 pm          Lunch

1:45 pm                     Panel II: Copyright User Rights and Access to Knowledge

Myra Tawfik, Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (Canada), “Encouraging Literacy and Learning: The ‘Learner’ at the Origins of Copyright Law in Canada" (abstract)

Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota (US), "Fair Use and its Institutions - Towards a Theory of Access to Knowledge" (abstract)

Arul Scaria, Assistant Professor of Law, National Law University, Delhi and Co-Director Centre for Innovation, IP and Competition, “Photocopy Shop Judgment: An Attempt to Strike a Balance between the Rights of Users and Producers of Knowledge Goods?” (abstract)

3:15-3:30pm              Break

3:30 pm                      Panel II: Copyright User Rights and Access to Knowledge (CONT’D)

Bita Amani, Associate Professor, Queen’s University and Mark Swartz, Copyright Specialist, Queen’s University,  “Cultivating Copyright Custodians for the Digital Age: Law, Libraries, & the Public Interest in Lending (Obsolete Formats)” (abstract)

Uchenna Felicia Ugwu, PhD Student, University of Ottawa, “Reconciling the Right to Learn with Copyright Protection in the Digital Age: Limitations of Contemporary Copyright Treaties” (abstract)

5:00 pm                      End of sessions

6:30pm                       Cocktail and dinner -Wilistead Manor, 1899 Niagara St, Windsor, ON


Friday May 19, 2017

10:00 am                    Panel III: Copyright User Rights and Human Rights

Saleh Al-Sharieh, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Groningen, “Securing the Future of Users’ Rights in Canada” (abstract)

Amy Lai, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia, “The Natural Right to Parody: Assessing the Parody/Satire Exceptions in Canadian Copyright Law’ (abstract)

Meera Nair, Copyright Officer, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, “Fair dealing: equal under the law and inviolate in contract” (abstract)

12:00-1:15pm            Lunch

1:15 pm                      Panel IV Copyright User Rights, Enforcement and Reparation

Séverine Dusollier, Professor, SciencesPo, Ecole de Droit (France) “Users' rights in copyright as inclusive rights: a model for enforceability and sustainability of privileged uses of works” (abstract)

Pascale Chapdelaine, Associate Professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, “Copyright Users: Rights without Remedies?” (abstract)

2:45 pm                      Concluding remarks

3:00pm                       Conference ends


Conference Organizer: Professor Pascale Chapdelaine


Travel and Accommodations:

Preferred conference hotel rate is available for conference attendees
at Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel  and Caesars Windsor. The preferred rate is only available until April 21, 2017.

Details on how to make a preferred rate reservation will be provided in your registration confirmation email. 


Windsor is located in a prime location for those travelling from the US or
Canada. We have 2 airports (Windsor- YQG and Detroit-DTW) and 2 train
stations (Amtrak and Via Rail) in the area and bus transit is also an option.


For more information contact Cristina Corio or Erica Lyons