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Copyright User Rights Hackathon

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A photograph of the Hackathon workshop at the 5th Global Congress for IP and Public Interest conducted with copyright legal scholars from around the world.

This page documents the Copyright User Rights Hackathon that took place at the 5th Global Congress on IP & Public Interest that took place a the American University Collage of Law in Washington D.C., USA on the 27th to 29th September 2018.


The Hackathon (better described as an editathon) involved working with copyright and intellectual property rights legal scholars from around the world attending the conference. The purpose of the event is to document different copyright user rights on a country by country basis globally and host it on either Wikimedia Commons, Meta Wikimedia, and/or Wikipedia. The intended output is a) a matrix of different country copyright user rights, b) a map summarising those different copyright user rights, and c) to update copyright related content on Wikipedia based on output of the event. The intended output of this event is modeled on the page on Wikimedia Commons detailing the status of Freedom of Panorama user rights around the world.


Location: Warren Building, American University College of Law
Date: 27th, 28th, 29th September 2018
Time: full-day, focus event at 12:30-14:50 27th September 2018
Part of: 5th Global Congress on IP & Public Interest


Number of participants: 21


Douglas (WMZA) and Peter (WMDC) attending the event. The event allowed the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at the American University Collage of Law who organised the event to meet Wikimedia DC.

Data collected in the first round was used to start the article Global education copyright user rights on meta. The first round generated summary data on copyright user rights for educational purposes in six countries (Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Russia, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom). A second round will be conducted to collect followup data from participants from other countries. Further work is needed to simplify the results and summarise them so they can be more publicly accessible (easier to read) and so that a map can be produced summarising user rights globally.