international copyright

Prof. Peter K. Yu

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Fall 2002

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Class 1 (8/27):  The Territorial Nature of Intellectual Property Rights

Discussion:  Problem Set 1 PDF  Solution PDF

Note: There will be no class on 9/3 (Monday Schedule).

Class 2 (9/10):  The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works


Further Readings

(Note:  Further readings are provided for reference purposes and will not be discussed in class.)

  • Sam Ricketson, The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 1886-1986 (1987)

  • WIPO, Guide to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Paris Act 1971) (1978)

  • Symposium, Conference Celebrating the Centenary of the Berne Convention, 11 Colum.-VLA J.L. & Arts 1 (1986)

  • Symposium, Fundamentals of International Copyright: The Impact of Berne, 8 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1 (1989)

Class 3 (9/17):  Protection of Foreign Authors in the United States

Due:  Problem Set 2 PDF


Further Readings:

Class 4 (9/24):  Moral Rights and Neighboring Rights

Due:  Paper Topic


  • Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, Copyright and the Moral Right: Is an American Marriage Possible?, 38 Vand. L. Rev. 1, 5-33 (1985)

  • Turner Entertainment Co. v. Huston, CA Versailles, civ. ch., December 19, 1994, translated in Ent. L. Rep., Mar. 1995, at 3

  • Gilliam v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., 538 F.2d 14 (2d Cir. 1976)

  • Herman Cohen Jehoram, The Nature of Neighboring Rights of Performing Artists, Phonogram Producers and Broadcasting Organizations, 15 Colum.-VLA J.L. & Arts 75 (1990)

Further Readings:

Class 5 (10/1):  Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

Due:  Problem Set 3  PDF


Further Readings:

  • Frederick M. Abbott, The WTO TRIPS Agreement and Global Economic Development, in Public Policy and Global Technological Integration 39 (Frederick M. Abbott & David J. Gerber eds., 1997)

  • A. Jane Bradley, Intellectual Property Rights, Investment and trade in Services in the Uruguay Round: Laying the Foundation, 23 Stan. J. Int’l L. 57 (1987)

  • Vincent Chiappetta, The Desirability of Agreeing to Disagree: The WTO, TRIPs, International IPR Exhaustion and a Few Other Things, 21 Mich. J. Int’l L. 333 (2000)

  • Carlos M. Correa, Intellectual Property Rights, the WTO, and Development Countries: The TRIPS Agreement and Policy (2001)

  • Daniel Gervais, The TRIPs Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis (1998)

  • Global Dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights in Science and Technology (Michael B. Wallerstein et al. eds., 1993)

  • Tara Kalagher Giunta & Lily H. Shang, Ownership of Information in a Global Economy, 27 Geo. Wash. J. Int’l L. & Econ. 327 (1993)

  • Intellectual Property Rights: Global Consensus, Global Conflict? (R. Michael Gadbaw & Timothy J. Richards eds., 1988)

  • Intellectual Property Rights in Emerging Markets (Clarissa Long ed., 2000)

  • John H. Jackson & Alan O. Sykes, Implementing the Uruguay Round (1997)

  • Keith E. Maskus, Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy (2002)

  • Neil Weinstock Netanel, Asserting Copyright's Democratic Principles in the Global Arena, 51 Vand. L. Rev. 217 (1998)

  • Ruth Okediji, Toward an International Fair Use Doctrine, 39 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 75 (2000)

  • J.H. Reichman, From Free Riders to Fair Followers: Global Competition Under the TRIPS Agreement, 29 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 11 (1997)

  • J.H. Reichman, Beyond the Historical Lines of Demarcation: Competition Law, Intellectual Property Rights, and International Trade After the GATT’s Uruguay Round, 20 Brook. J. Int’l L. 75 (1993)

  • Michael P. Ryan, Knowledge Diplomacy: Global Competition and the Politics of Intellectual Property (1998)

  • Symposium, The Inaugural Engelberg Conference on the Culture and Economic of Participation in an International Intellectual Property Regime, 29 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 1 (1997)

  • Symposium, Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property (pts. 1 & 2), 22 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 223, 689 (1989)

  • The Uruguay Round and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Arthur Dunkel (Jagdish Bhagwati & Mathias Hirsch eds., 1998)

Class 6 (10/8):  WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism


  • Laurence R. Helfer, World Music on a U.S. Stage:  A Berne/Trips and Economic Analysis of the Fairness in Music Licensing Act, 80 B.U. L. Rev. 93, 93-139 (2000)

  • United States—Section 110(5) of US Copyright Act—Report of the Panel, WT/DS160/R, June 15, 2000

  • Graeme B. Dinwoodie, The Development and Incorporation of International Norms in the Formation of Copyright Law, 62 Ohio St. L.J. 733, 762-77 (2001)

Further Readings:

  • PDF Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, Dec. 15, 1993, 33 I.L.M. 112 (1994)

  • Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss and Andreas F. Lowenfeld, Two Achievements of the Uruguay Round: Putting TRIPS and Dispute Settlement Together, 37 Va. J. Int'l L. 275 (1997)

  • Gail E. Evans, Lawmaking Under the Trade Constitution: A Study in Legislating by the World Trade Organization (2000)

  • Paul Edward Geller, Intellectual Property in the Global Marketplace: Impact of TRIPS Dispute Settlement, 29 Int'l Law. 99 (1995)

  • John H. Jackson, The Jurisprudence of GATT and the WTO: Insights on Treaty Law and Economic Relations (2000)

  • John O. McGinnis & Mark L. Movesian, The World Trade Constitution, 114 Harv. L. Rev. 511 (2000)

  • Neil W. Netanel, The Next Round: The Impact of the WIPO Copyright Treaty on TRIPS Dispute Settlement, 37 Va. J. Int'l L. 441 (1997)

  • David Palmeter & Petros C. Mavroidis, Dispute Settlement in the World Trade Organization: Practice and Procedure (1999)

  • Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, The GATT/WTO Dispute Settlement System : International Law, International Organizations, and Dispute (1997)

  • Symposium, Compliance with the TRIPs Agreement, 29 Vand. J. Transnat’l L. 363 (1996)

  • Symposium, The Decline of Nations State and Its Effects on Constitutional and International Economic Law, 18 Cardozo L. Rev. 903 (1996)

  • Friedl Weiss, Improving WTO Dispute Settlement Procedures: Issues and Lessons from the Practice of Other International Courts and Tribunals (2000)

Class 7 (10/15):  Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Foreign Countries: The Case of China

Due:  Outline / Introduction + Bibliography (2 page)


Further Readings:

  • William P. Alford, Making the World Safe for What? Intellectual Property Rights, Human Rights and Foreign Economic Policy in the Post-European Cold War World, 29 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 135 (1997)

  • William P. Alford, To Steal a Book Is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (1995)

  • Jeffrey W. Berkman, Intellectual Property Rights in the P.R.C.: Impediments to Protection and the Need for the Rule of Law, 15 UCLA Pac. Basin L.J. 1 (1996)

  • Glenn R. Butterton, Pirates, Dragons and U.S. Intellectual Property Rights in China: Problems and Prospects of Chinese Enforcement, 38 Ariz. L. Rev. 1081 (1996)

  • Albert H.Y. Chen, An Introduction to the Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (1998)

  • Patrick H. Hu, "Mickey Mouse" in China: Legal and Cultural Implications in Protecting U.S. Copyrights, 14 B.U. Int’l L.J. 81 (1996)

  • Chinese Intellectual Property Law and Practice (Mark A. Cohen et al. eds., 1999)

  • Peter Howard Corne, Foreign Investment in China: The Administrative Legal System (1997)

  • Peter Feng, Intellectual Property in China (1997)

  • Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in China (Mary L. Riley ed., 1997)

  • Symposium, Intellectual Property in East Asia, 13 UCLA Pac. Basin L.J. 1 (1994)

  • Susan Tiefenbrun, Piracy of Intellectual Property in China and the Former Soviet Union and Its Effects upon International Trade: A Comparison, 46 Buff. L. Rev. 1 (1998)

Class 8 (10/22):  Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in the European Union

Due:  PDF  Problem Set 4


Further Readings:

Class 9 (10/29):  Conflict-of-Laws and Choice-of-Law Issues in International Copyright


Further Readings:

  • Eugen Ulmer, Intellectual Property Rights and the Conflict of Laws (1978)

  • Graeme W. Austin, Domestic Laws and Foreign Rights: Choice of Law in Transnational Copyright Infringement Litigation, 23 Colum.-VLA J.L. & Arts 1 (1999)

  • Graeme W. Austin, Social Policy Choices and Choice of Law for Copyright Infringement in Cyberspace, 79 Or. L. Rev. 575 (2000)

  • Curtis A. Bradley, Territorial Intellectual Property Rights in an Age of Globalism, 37 Va. J. Int'l L. 505 (1997)

  • Graeme B. Dinwoodie, International Intellectual Property Litigation: A Vehicle for Resurgent Comparativist Thought, 49 Am. J. Comp. L. 429 (2001)

  • Graeme B. Dinwoodie, A New Copyright Order: Why National Courts Should Create Global Norms, 149 U. Penn. L. Rev. 469 (2000)

  • Paul Edward Geller, Harmonizing Copyright-Contract Conflicts Analyses, 25 Copyright 49 (1989)

  • Jane C. Ginsburg: Copyright Without Borders? Choice of Forum and Choice of Law for Copyright Infringement in Cyberspace, 15 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 153 (1997)

  • Jane C. Ginsburg, Extraterritoriality and Multiterritoriality in Copyright Infringement, 37 Va. J. Int'l L. 587 (1997)

  • David R. Johnson & David G. Post, Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace, 48 Stan. L. Rev. 1367 (1996)

  • William Patry, Choice of Law and International Copyright, 48 Am. J. Comp. L. 383 (2000)

Class 10 (11/5): WIPO Internet Treaties and Digital Agenda


Further Readings:

  • Mihály Ficsor, Copyright for the Digital Era: The WIPO "Internet" Treaties, 21 Colum.-VLA J.L. & Arts 197 (1997)

  • Neil W. Netanel, The Next Round: The Impact of the WIPO Copyright Treaty on TRIPS Dispute Settlement, 37 Va. J. Int'l L. 441 (1997) 

  • Jörg Reinbothe et al., The New WIPO Treaties: A First Résumé, 19 Eur. Intell. Prop. Rev. 171 (1997)

  • J.H. Reichman & Pamela Samuelson, Intellectual Property Rights in Data?, 50 Vand. L. Rev. 51 (1997)

Class 11 (11/19): The Future of International Copyright

Due:  First Draft


Further Readings:

  • WIPO Report on Fact-finding Missions on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge (revised)

  • Frederick M. Abbott, TRIPS in Seattle: The Not-so-surprising Failure and the Future of the TRIPS Agenda, 18 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 165 (2000)

  • Frederick M. Abbott, The Future of the Multilateral Trading System in the Context of TRIPS, 20 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 661 (1997)

  • J.H. Reichman & David Lange, Bargaining Around the TRIPS Agreement: The Case for Ongoing Public-Private Initiatives to Facilitate Worldwide Intellectual Property Transactions, 9 Duke J. Comp. & Int’l L. 11 (1998)

  • Peter K. Yu, The Copyright Divide and Convenient Excuses: A Comparative Inquiry into the Causes of Massive Copyright Piracy (unpublished manuscript)

Class 12 (11/26): Student Presentations (I)

Class 13 (12/3): Student Presentations (II)

Final Paper Due:  Friday, December 6, 2002

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