What’s the Harm? The State of the Fourth Fair Use Factor

When: January 1, 1970 at 12:33am - 12:33am EST - This event has passed

Coined “the single most important element of fair use,” the fourth statutory factor – “the effect of the use upon the market for or value of the copyrighted work” – is often overshadowed by the transformative use analysis under the first factor.  The past few years, however, have brought renewed attention to the fourth factor, and the various types of “market harm” to be considered in this context.

Does a broad or narrow interpretation of “market harm” further the purposes of the Copyright Act, and have recent decisions, including Dr. Seuss v. ComicMixGoogle v. Oracle, and Warhol v. Goldsmith, provide clarity on the inquiry or just further complicate the already-perplexing fair use doctrine?  Join our panel of experts as they discuss these questions and other issues related to the fourth fair use factor.


Jane C. Ginsburg
Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary & Artistic Property Law, Columbia University School of Law

Elizabeth McNamara
Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

Ravi Sitwala
Associate General Counsel, Hearst

Karyn A. Temple
Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel, Motion Picture Association

Lindsay Edelstein (Moderator)
Associate, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP