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Drake Law professor provides analysis of new copyright bill in Hong Kong Legislative Council

Peter Yu

On July 26, Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and the director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, provided a detailed analysis of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the Hong Kong Legislative Council.

At the invitation of legislative councilor Charles Mok, Yu delivered a public presentation in Hong Kong, analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the current bill. In addition to comparing this bill with the previous copyright amendment bill, he outlined the various legislative options that would ensure the traditional balance in the copyright system.

Part of his analysis draws on a position paper he submitted to the Hong Kong government last fall. The paper was developed with the assistance of three Drake Law students: Timothy Alberts, La’Cee Groetken, and Kyle Mendenhall. It advocated legislative options that facilitate the more flexible use of copyrighted works, including the creation of non-commercial user-generated content such as homemade YouTube videos.

While in Hong Kong, Yu will deliver a presentation on the latest copyright law developments from around the world to attorneys at the Intellectual Property Department, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, and the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong government. He will also lecture on intellectual property, human rights, and international trade issues at both the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Earlier this summer, he provided a professional update on copyright law developments to attorneys in the Beijing, Hong Kong, and Shanghai offices of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie.

About Peter Yu and the Intellectual Property Law Center
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. He chairs the Committee on International Intellectual Property of the American Branch of the International Law Association. He also serves as the general editor of the peer-edited WIPO Journal, published by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization.

An award-winning teacher, Yu is the author or editor of five books and more than 100 law review articles and book chapters. According to a recent peer study on legal citation, he is #11 among the most cited intellectual property law scholars in the United States. His scholarly publications have appeared in ten languages.

Under his leadership, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center has served as a leading international hub for research and education in the intellectual property field. For six years in a row, peer surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report have ranked the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States.