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Jacob Victor on Utility-Expanding Fair Use

Season 1, Ep. 584

In this episode, Jacob Victor, Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School and Affiliated Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, discusses his article "Utility-Expanding Fair Use," which will be published in the Minnesota Law Review. Victor begins by explaining what "utility-expanding" fair use is and how it differs from other kinds of "transformative" fair use. He reflects on when and why courts tend to find that utility-expanding uses are fair, and observes that the fair use doctrine might not always be the best solution. He suggests that compulsory licensing may offer an alternative method of encouraging utility-expanding uses of copyrighted works, better suited to some circumstances. Victor is on Twitter at @jacobmvictor.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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