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ILAC and CopyrightX

Copyright X is a course under the auspices of Harvard Law School. It is brought to Bulgaria by ILAC, the official Harvard affiliate for the course in Bulgaria.

CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course that has been offered annually since 2013 under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Key Elements
CopyrightX explores the current law of copyright, the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry and the ongoing debates concerning how the law should be reformed.
New Methods
Through a combination of recorded lectures, assigned readings, weekly seminars, live interactive webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which the copyright system seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.

Admission for 2017 will be administered through an open application process that begins on September 1st, 2016, and ends on December 15, 2016. We welcome applicants from all over Bulgaria, as well as lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

The Class is consisted of:
  • One real-time session per week over twelve weeks by Bruce Whitfield or one of the visiting professors.
  • Three to seven online lectures per week prepared by Professor William Fisher.
  • Additional readings.
  • Preparation to discuss special problems.
  • Discussion forum participation.
  • Special events: interviews and a panel discussion.
  • Takes between ten and twenty hours per week.
Advanced Learning & Certificates

Through an agreement between Harvard and ILAC, the Bulgarian version of CopyrightX will be complemented with live and online classes and materials produced by teachers linked to ILAC. At the end of the course the students will have the opportunity to take the exam of Harvard Law School and get a certificate from Harvard if approved. CopyrightX: ILAC is going to emphasis on United States copyright law but there will be a substantial discussion of international treaties, conventions, EU and Bulgarian legislation.


CopyrightX: ILAC 2017

Professor William Fisher III

Author of CopyrightX

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Professor Fisher received his undergraduate degree (in American Studies) from Amherst College and his graduate degrees (J.D. and Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization) from Harvard University. Between 1982 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. Since 1984, he has taught at Harvard Law School, where he is currently the Wilmer Hale Professor of Intellectual Property Law and the Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His academic honors include a Danforth Postbaccalaureate Fellowship (1978-1982) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California (1992-1993).

Selected publications


The Canon of American Legal Thought (with David Kennedy) (Princeton University Press 2006)

Promises to Keep: Technology, Law and the Future of Entertainment (Stanford University Press 2004)

Legal Reform in Central America: Dispute Resolution and Property Systems (with Martha A. Field) (Kennedy School of Government 2001)

American Legal Realism (with Morton J. Horwitz and Thomas A. Reed) (Oxford University Press 1993)


„Regulating Innovation,“ University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 82 (2016): 251. „

Medicines for the Mind: Policy-Based ‘Pull’ Incentives for Creating Breakthrough CNS Drugs“ (with Dennis W. Choi et al.), Neuron 84 (2014): 554

„Strategic Management of Intellectual Property – An Integrated Approach“ (with Felix Oberholzer-Gee), California Management Review 55 (2013): 157

„Reflections on the Hope Poster Case“ (with Frank Cost, Shepard Fairey, Meir Feder, Edwin Fountain, Geoffrey Stewart & Marita Sturken), Harvard Journal on Law & Technology 25 (2012): 243

„The Implications for Law of User Innovation,“ Minnesota Law Review 94 (2010): 1417

“American Legal Education and Legal Theory in the Twentieth Century,” in Christopher Tomlins, ed., The Cambridge History of Law in America(Cambridge University Press, 2008) “When Should We Permit Differential Pricing of Information?” UCLA Law Review 55 (2007): 1 “Global Justice in Health Care:  Developing Drugs for the Developing World” (with Talha Syed), U.C. Davis Law Review 40 (2007): 581 “Film and Media Studies and the Law of the DVD” (with Jacqueline Harlow), Cinema Journal 45:3 (Spring 2006)  “Copyright,” “Patent,” and “Intellectual Property,” Encyclopædia Britannica (2004)  „The Impact of Terminator Gene Technologies on Developing Countries,“ in Timothy Swanson, ed., Biotechnology, Agriculture, and the Developing World (Edward Elgar Publishing 2002)  „Property and Power in American Legal History,“ in Ron Harris et al., eds., The History of Law in a Multi-Cultural Society (Ashgate 2002)  „Theories of Intellectual Property,“ in Stephen Munzer, ed., New Essays in the Legal and Political Theory of Property (Cambridge University Press, 2001) (Chinese translation, by Haifeng Huang, in Chinese Intellectual Property Review 1 (2002): 1.) „Intellectual Property and Innovation: Theoretical, Empirical, and Historical Perspectives,“ in Industrial Property, Innovation, and the Knowledge-based Economy, Beleidsstudies Technologie Economie, Vol. 37 (2001)  „Geistiges Eigentum – ein ausufernder Rechtsbereich: Die Geschichte des Ideenschutzes in den Vereinigten Staaten,“ in Eigentum im internationalen Vergleich (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1999), 265-91 (English version available as: The Growth of Intellectual Property: A History of the Ownership of Ideas in the United States) „Property and Contract on the Internet,“ Chicago-Kent Law Review 73 (1999): 1203  „Texts and Contexts: The Application to American Legal History of the Methodologies of Intellectual History“ Stanford Law Review 49 (1997): 1065 (also published in History and European Private Law: Development of Common Methods and Principles (Stockholm: Nerenius & Santérus, 1997), 29-66)  „Interpreting Holmes,“ Harvard Law Review 110 (1997): 1010  „Critical Legal Studies“ and „Law and Economics,“ in Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg, eds., A Companion to American Thought (Blackwell, 1995)  „Ideology and Imagery in the Law of Slavery,“ Chicago-Kent Law Review 68 (1993): 1051 (revised and expanded version published in Paul Finkelman, ed., Slavery and the Law (Madison House 1997), 43-85)  „The Trouble with Lucas,“ Stanford Law Review 45 (1993): 1393  „The Development of Twentieth-Century American Legal Theory and the Judicial Interpretation of the Bill of Rights,“ in Michael Lacey & Knud Haakonssen, eds., A Culture of Rights (Cambridge University Press, 1991), 266-365  „Ideology, Religion, and the Constitutional Protection of Private Property, 1760-1860,“ Emory Law Journal 39 (1990): 65  „The Jurisprudence of Justice Marshall,“ Harvard Blackletter Journal 6 (1989): 131  „The Significance of Public Perceptions of the Takings Doctrine,“ Columbia Law Review 88 (1988): 1774  „Reconstructing the Fair Use Doctrine,“ Harvard Law Review 101 (1988): 1659  Internet Publications Lectures on Copyright (2014) Maps of Intellectual Property (2014)  Copyright for Librarians (in collaboration with Electronic Information for Libraries) (2010)  „Copyright and Wrongs,“

The Economist, May 2009, “

The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age” (with William McGeveran) (August 2006), “The South Africa AIDS Controversy: A Case Study in Patent Law and Policy” (with Cyrill P. Rigamonti) (February 10, 2005)  „Digital Music: Problems and Possibilities“ (October 10, 2000), The Bridge (with Abram Chayes, Morton Horwitz, Frank Michelman, Martha Minow, Charles Nesson, & Todd Rakoff) (1999), Reviews „Stories about Property,“ Michigan Law Review 94 (1996): 1776  „Making Sense of Madison,“ Journal of Law and Social Inquiry 18 (1993): 547  „The Defects of Dualism,“ University of Chicago Law Review 59 (1992): 955  Review of Liberty, Property, and the Future of Constitutional Development, by Ellen Paul and Howard Dickman, Business History Review(Spring 1991): 161  „Webster’s Legal Legacy,“ Reviews in American History 18 (1990): 44 Source 

Bruce Whitfield

CopyrightX: ILAC Key Professor 

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Professor at AUBG, Member of the American Bar Association. Accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in business management and legal counsel, including business and civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, and business formation. Extensive experience in multi-cultural relations during legal practice in Los Angeles, which focused primarily on international clients. Demonstrated talent for working well with diverse cultures, having lived in the US, Costa Rica, London, and Manila, and traveled to more than 40 countries. Proven analytical, communication, negotiation, writing, and public-speaking skills.

Giancarlo F. Frosio


CopyrightX: ILAC visiting professor

Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, S.J.D. and LL.M.

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Giancarlo F. Frosio is a Non-Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Previously he was the Intermediary Liabilty fellow with Stanford CIS. Giancarlo is a qualified attorney with a doctoral degree (S.J.D.) in intellectual property law from Duke University Law School. Additionally, he holds an LL.M. with emphasis in intellectual property law from Duke Law School, an LL.M. in information technology and telecommunications law from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, and a law degree from Università Cattolica in Milan.

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His research focuses on copyright law, digitization, history of creativity, public domain, open access, Internet and user based creativity, intermediary liability of Information Service providers, network information economy, access to knowledge (A2K), and identity politics. From 2010 to 2013, Giancarlo served as the Deputy Director and Lecturer of the LL.M. in intellectual property law jointly organized by WIPO and the University of Turin. He is also a faculty associate of the Nexa Research Center for Internet and Society in Turin, where he acted as Chief Editor and author of the Final Report of COMMUNIA, the European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus framework. Recently, he also served as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham. The post was one of the research projects of the new Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) funded by the UK Research Councils. He is the author of numerous legal articles and publications. His book “Cumulative Creativity: From the Oral Formulaic Tradition to Digital Remix” is soon to be published. At Stanford CIS, Giancarlo designed, developed, and launched the World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap). Since his arrival at CIS, he also launched and coordinated the Stanford Intermediary Liability Lab (SILLab)

Jivko Draganov



CopyrightX: ILAC visiting professor

Dean, Faculty of Law at University of National and World Economy

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Dean, Faculty of Law at University of National and World Economy, Attorney at law, Assistant Professor in Law Studies Teaching Intellectual Property Law, European Law and Basic Civil Law at the UNWE – Sofia, South-West University “Neofit Rilski” – Blagoevgrad and other educational bodies Member of the Sofia College of Attorneys; Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the National Badminton Federation; Member of the Quality Committee of the UNWE; Participation as a consultant and as an expert in several EU and other projects; Phare small projects programme 2003 assessor.

Selected publications

Textbooks: Basics of Law, co-author, Chapter “Intellectual Property”, UNWE Publishing House, Sofia, 2010;

European Union Law, Textbook, UNWE Publishing House, Sofia, 2012, 262 pages;

European Union Law for Distance Learning – Text and Materials, UNWE Publishing House, Sofia, 2012, 232 pages;

Monographies: Legal Protection of Industrial Designs in EU, UNWE Publishing house, Sofia, 2008, 294 pages;

Legal Regime of the Identifiers /Trademarks, Company Names, Geographical Indications, Domain Names/, Ciela Publishing House, Sofia, 2006, 260 pages;

Articles, Scientific Reports on Conferences and Case Studies: Some Aspects of the Harmonization and Enforcement of Industrial Design Protection in an New Member State of the European Union: The case of Bulgaria (in English), ICIP Revue de Droit Intellectuel-Review of Intellectual Property Law 2008, n° 4, p. 543 – 554;

Legal regime of the EU citizenship, Materials from a national seminar, 2008, UNWE Publishing house; Harmonization of the Legislation Regarding the Industrial Design Protection in the EU, Contemporary Law magazine, 2007, n°5 SAPARD Programme in Bulgaria.

Analysis of the Regulations, UNWE Publishing House, Sofia, 2004;

Trademark protection Under EU Legislation, Law without Borders Magazine, issue # 3-4, Sofia, 2004; Protection of Geographical Indications.

Municipal Clerks Mission, IPS at the UNWE, International Conference Materials, Sofia, 2004; Intellectual Property Rights and Company Names, Law without Borders Magazine, issue # 1-2, Sofia, 2006;

Intellectual Property in Japan and the New Employee Invention System. Lessons from the Nakamura’s Case (in English), Case study materials for MSDC at the IPS, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2007; The Modernization of Japan and Yukichi Fukuzawa, Case study materials for MSDC at the IPS, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2007;

Manual and training materials “The Role of the Local Administration in the Process of Joining the EU” – Regional Association of the Municipalities Maritza, financed by EU Phare Programme – Trans Boarder Projects, BG 2003/005-632-02.01 – 2006;

Manual and other materials „Quality in Licensing and IPR Management Education“ (in English and in Bulgarian), prepared for publication under the project “Development of a high-quality multilingual on-line vocational training opportunity on Licensing and Intellectual Property Right (IPR) management”, by the Leonardo da Vinci European Programme, 2007;

International Protection of the Trademarks Under the Paris Convention, Lacorda, electronic publication, 2007;

International Registration of the Trademarks Under the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid, Lacorda, electronic publication, 2007;

Domain Names Dispute Resolution, Lacorda, electronic publication, 2007; Legal Framework of the Structure and the Activities of the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training and Cedefop’s priorities for 2009-11,

International Scientific Conference “40 Years of Postgraduate Studies at the University of National and World Economy. Continuing Education – Challenges and Perspectives”; Creation, Development, Legal Nature and Scope of the EU Citizenship (in Bulgarian), UNWE Law Faculty Conference Materials, 2009, р.131 – 135;

Procedure for the Registration of Industrial Designs before the OHIM, Yearbook of the UNWE Law Faculty, Volume 2/2009, р.41–60; Enforcement of EU Industrial Design Rights, Yearbook of the UNWE Law Faculty, Volume 3/2010, р.42-58;

Recent Developments of the Bulgarian Trademark Legislation and Practice (in English), 4th International Conference on Information Law Conference, Greece Thessaloniki, May 20-21, 2011,;

Legal Protection in Cases of Violation of Industrial Design Rights, Anuual Works of the Law Faculty of the UNWE, #3/2010, pp 42-58;

Changes in the Company Names Legislation – Concerns, Co-author, Trade Law magazine, issue #2/2011, pp 41-59;

Changes in the Copyright Protection Act – the Concerns Grow Bigger, Trade Law magazine, issue #3/2011, pp 51-58;   23.

The European Sales Law in Business-to-Business-Transactions: Evaluation from the Bulgarian    point of view, International Conference, Sofia, University of National and World Economy, 19. – 20. 10. 2012,

Oleksandr Pastukhov 


CopyrightX: ILAC visiting professor

LL.B., LL.M., LL.D., Ph.D. Senior Lecturer at Malta University

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Dr. Oleksandr Pastukhov is a Senior Lecturer and Information Governance Co-ordinator at the Department of Information Policy and Governance. He also acts as a deputy co-ordinator of the MAPPING project and a WP leader in the MAPPING, EVIDENCE and CITYCoP projects. Dr. Pastukhov obtained his LL.B. with a major in Private International Law from Kiev Taras Shevchenko University in Ukraine (1997), LL.M. from Northwestern University School of Law in the U.S. (2000), LL.D. from Koretsky Institute of State and Law in Ukraine (2003) and Ph.D. in Law from Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium (2008). He spent his post-doc years at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Pastukhov is a regular participant and speaker at various national and international fora dedicated to ICT law and policy issues. He is a devoted advocate of privacy, e-governance and media freedom in his native Ukraine and beyond. Dr. Pastukhov is a solo author of a book on digital copyright and a couple dozen articles/book chapters on diverse legal aspects of ICT use and development, personal data and intellectual property protection online, e-government introduction, Open and Free Software development, ISPs’ liability and e-commerce taxation. He has also initiated and administered a number of ICT law-related research, consultancy and training projects in several European countries.

Selected publications

Pastukhov, O. (2016, forthcoming). Legal Issues Surrounding Digital Archiving. In Dobreva, M., Ivacs, G. (Eds). Access to Digital Archives. London: Facet Publishing.

Pastukhov, O. (2014). Legal Aspects of CCTV Data De-Identification. BiForDi 2014 Special Session on Biometrics, Forensics, De-identification and Privacy Protection. Opatia, Croatia, May 29-30, 2014. MIPRO, Rijeka, pp. 51-55. ISBN 978-953-233-079-3. Available from IEEE Xplore.

Pastukhov, O. (2013). The Right to Oblivion: What’s in the Name? Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Vol. 19, Issue 1, pp. 17-23.

Pastukhov, O. (2011). Cyber-Terrorism Prevention and Counteraction, Computer Law and Security Review, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 106-107.

Pastukhov, O. (2010). Ukraine: Electronic Filing of Tax Returns. Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review, Vol. 7, pp. 114-115.

Pastukhov, O. (2010). Will Internet Businesses Ever Become Interested in Complying with Tax Laws? Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal, Vol. 22, No. 8, pp. 10-19.

Pastukhov, O. (2010). Counteracting Harmful Tax Competition in the European Union. Southwestern Journal of International Law, Vol. 16, pp. 159-180.

Pastukhov, O. (2009). Going Where No Taxman Has Previously Gone: Preliminary Conclusions and Recommendations Drawn from a Decade of Debate on International Taxation of Electronic Commerce, 36 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal, pp. 1-15.

Pastukhov, O. (2007). Cyber-Terrorism as a New Security Threat. Computer Law and Security Report, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 136-137.

Erin Simon


CopyrightX: ILAC visiting professor

Product Counsel at Google

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Yavor Kolev


CopyrightX: ILAC visiting professor

Commissioner, Head of Transborder Organized Crime Department at General Directorate Combating Organized Crime

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Experience in Serious and Organised Crime , Hi-Tech Crime and IPR Investigations, deployed nationally and internationally

Monitoring Internet activity and extensive research to identify Internet infringements and illegal activities

Author of methodologys for investigation of crimes against intellectual property rights in the field of telecommunications and software piracy and for investigation and prosecution of cybercrime;

Regularly teaching at the Ministry of Interior Academy and the National Institute of Justice;

Regular participant and lecturer at seminars of the US Embassy and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Guest-lecturer at the Latvian Police Academy

Member of the Board for the Protection of Intellectual Property under the Minister of Culture of Bulgaria

Member of the Board of Directors at International Cyber Investigation Training Academy

Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police

Member of the Bulgarian Association of Chiefs of Police

Member of the Public Council for fighting illegal and harmful content in Internet

Member of the Consultative Scientific Council on Information and Communication Science and Technology at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Guest-lecturer at the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC)

Language: Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and French Security Clearance: Bulgarian TS Level, NATO SECRET and EU SECRET

Specialties: Instruments and Systems of International Cooperation (in Spanish) – National Academy of Police, Ávila, 2008 and 2010

ЕnCase v6 Computer Forensics II course, Guidance Software, Washington D.C., 2007

Basic Investigations of Computer and Electronic Crimes Program – Training Curriculum in Computer Evidence Recovery- ILEA, Budapest, 2006

International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States Department of State „Detecting and Combating Cybercrime“ , Washington D.C. , 2005.


Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about CopyrightX Course by ILAC.

How much does it cost ?
Please contact us for more information about prices and fees. You may be eligible for discount.

For Students:

ILAC in cooperation with Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” is providing one full scholarship for students of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.

More information you can find here.

ILAC in cooperation with University of National and World Economy is providing one  full scholarship for students  of University of National and World Economy and one  full scholarships for PhD candidates.

More information you can find here.

For Lawyers:

„Krusty Tonchev“ Educational Center for Lawyers is giving two scholarships for  lawyers.

More information you can find here.

For Judges:

ILAC and the National Institute of Justice are giving five full scholarships for judges.


How long is the CopyrightX course?

The weekly seminars start 25th of January till 12 of April, each Wednesday from 6.00 pm till 8 pm at CapitalFort,90 Tsarigradsko Shose blvd, 1784, Sofia, Bulgaria.Capitalfort 2Capitalfort 3Capitalfort

How much people are going to be attending?
Our classes are going to be small, which means that your professor can give you the personal attention you need. Participants are given plenty of opportunities to practise the themes through discussions, debates and conversation activities, such as role-play and pair-work.
Is the course about Bulgarian copyright law?
No. The course is going to be about USA and EU copyright law, but some of the lecturers have huge experience with Bulgarian copyright.
Can I bring my laptop?


Can I record the course?

No. The course is going to be recorded by us. After the end of the course you should be able to get the recording by paying a small fee.

What is the difference between the free online course ant the affiliate course?

Both the  CopyrightX affiliate course offered by ILAC for Bulgaria  and the CopyrightX online course  are based on the lectures of Professor William Fisher III. The main difference is that  the affiliated  course  is  giving  you the opportunity  to be present at the  course sessions in Sofia, Bulgaria during which you  will have Live  discussions on all the materials  with  our  main lecturer Bruce Whitfield as well as  with  some of the best  copyright specialist in  Bulgaria and foreign  experts coming as guest lecturers especially  for the  course. The networking opportunities  given  by the course  are  also an advantage.

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