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Customizing Fair Use Transplants

School of Law and Department of Communication, Texas A&M University, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA
Received: 27 October 2017 / Revised: 11 February 2018 / Accepted: 13 February 2018 / Published: 26 February 2018
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In the past decade, policymakers and commentators across the world have called for the introduction of copyright reform based on the fair use model in the United States. Thus far, Israel, Liberia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Taiwan have adopted the fair use regime or its close variants. Other jurisdictions such as Australia, Hong Kong and Ireland have also advanced proposals to facilitate such adoption. This article examines the increasing efforts to transplant fair use into the copyright system based on the U.S. model. It begins by briefly recapturing the strengths and weaknesses of legal transplants. The article then scrutinizes the ongoing effort to transplant fair use from the United States. Specifically, it identifies eight modalities of transplantation. This article concludes with five lessons that can be drawn from studying the ongoing transplant efforts. View Full-Text
Keywords: comparative law; copyright; fair dealing; fair use; legal reform; legal transplant comparative law; copyright; fair dealing; fair use; legal reform; legal transplant
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