הפקולטה למשפטים, אוניברסיטת חיפה | كلية الحقوق، جامعة حيفا
Faculty of Law University of Haifa
Law in a Changing World

​Law and Technology Clinic – Projects

 


1. The ability to prohibit taking photos at events.
2. Giving credit to the author in photos - when and how.
3. Changing an architectural work.
4. Changing logo
5. Copyright protection on the tables and graphs - is there any?
6. Liability for indirect infringement or contributing infringement by ginving links to a website of a funded project
7. Is there copyright in a folk music?

*** These papers were written following a request to the clinic and stated therein as at September 2015 ***
*** These position papers do not replace a concrete legal advice ****

The position papers were prepared by students in the clinic: Hod Elfassy, Matan Carmel, Netanel Nehemya, Inbar Siso-Lefeber, Maayan Pogozelits, Alexei Podgor and Hadar Shaked-Itskovitch.


iLINC - The European Network of Law Incubators

The Law and Technology Clinic is a partner in iLINC - The European Network of Law Incubators. The main goal of the project, which is funded by the European Commission (Seventh Framework Programme of the EU), is that legal clinics will give legal advice to ICT Entrepreneurs and Start-ups, in their early stage, when they can't afford legal counsel. The project is conducted by Queen Mary University of London, University of Amsterdam, KU Leuven and the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research.  


Digital Access to Hebrew Resources: National Library Digitization Process​ 

The National Library is preparing for the digital age and for making the cultural treasures in its custody accessible to the public via the Internet. The Library holds a rich collection of books, newspapers, manuscripts and media files which have been digitized and opened to the public, thereby raising a host of legal questions on issues that are at the heart of legal and public debate in Israel and abroad. These questions concern the future of books and the digital library, the treatment of orphan works, the duration of protection of various works, accessibility of information in the digital era, and the development of new general and commercial models.

The Law and Technology Clinic advises the National Library on legal issues that arise in the process of digitizing the library collection and providing access via the Internet. Legal research conducted in this framework will be accessible to the public and will help other libraries and archives in Israel make their collections accessible in a similar manner.

In May 2011 the project initiated an international conference on eBooks - A New Era of Law, Business and Society.

 

Access to Knowledge in Higher Education Project​

In recent years, copyright laws have formed one of the major barriers to accessing educational materials for teaching and research in higher education institutions. This is due, in part, to a lack of legal certainty regarding the scope of permissible use.  Uncertainty has affected the quality of teaching and research and the ability of institutions of higher education to serve their public mission.

The aim of the project is to remove barriers to the use of works used for teaching in higher education by formulating rules of fair use tailored to the special needs and public goals of these institutions in promoting research and teaching. The project is being conducted in collaboration with the College of Management Academic Studies School of Law.

As part of this initiative a forum comprising representatives of the majority of the institutions of higher education in Israel has been set up; the forum has formulated a Code of Fair Use Best Practices for use in higher education.

Creative Commons (CC) Israel Project​

CC is a world nonprofit organization that offers free licenses (including "partial rights reserved") as an alternative to the traditional copyright legal regime (of "all rights reserved").

In this project the Law and Technology Clinic engages in educational and public activities to raise awareness of the importance of access to knowledge. Activities include lectures to users, creative communities and the public at large, conducting studies pertaining to open access to data, scientific publications, and the scope of "commercial use" in non-commercial licenses.  The Clinic is also responsible for updating the licenses and maintaining the Israeli CC website (creativecommons.org.il) which includes posts, articles and continuous updates about the various activities and news.

Additional Projects

  • ​ Addressing IP Trolls: Examining the behavior of trolls in the field of intellectual property, and exploring different regulatory strategies for addressing this matter in Israel. 

  • Exploring Cyber-Terrorism: Studying the legal challenges involved in protection against cyber terrorism, and the implications for privacy, free speech and due process; proposing solutions to these problems in Israel, inter alia in the light of international law and legislation in other countries.

  • Mapping Online Copyright Enforcement Practices: Examining online practices of copyright enforcement by online service providers, and the legal implications for civil rights and due process. 

Position papers and responses to legislative amendments formulated by the Clinic

  • ​ The Clinic's response to the memorandum on the Copyright (Amendment No. …) Technological Protective Measures and Electronic Information Concerning Copyright Privileges, 2012 [in Hebrew]

  • The Clinic's response to calls for position papers of the Israeli Patent Office on the Patentability of Software [in Hebrew​]

A Lecture on Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Data [in Hebrew​].