During the week of April 24th-28th of this year, the Fourth Annual Conference of the Smart IP event for Latin America was held in São Paulo, Brazil.

Our Director, Luis Villaroel, participated in the “Workshop on Copyright and Permitted Uses in Latin America” held on April 24th at the Law School of the University of São Paulo (USP).

The workshop was divided into four blocks, the first three of which analyzed in detail the International Instrument on Permitted Uses in Copyright Law, considering the characteristics of Latin America. The fourth block sought to weigh the convenience and necessity of a regional instrument as well as the future steps of the project.

The International Instrument on Permitted Uses in Copyright Law  is the result of a research project by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition aimed at finding a balance in copyright law. This instrument establishes a set of minimum allowable uses of works, countering the traditional minimum protection approach of international copyright law. This approach would help the contracting parties to cope with the political pressure that is notoriously present in international negotiations, especially in the context of bilateral or regional agreements.