Copyright and Quality Education for All (SDG4)

European Intellectual Property Review, Forthcoming

26 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2023 Last revised: 19 May 2024

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Faith O. Majekolagbe

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law; Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Date Written: September 13, 2023


Making sure that everyone has access to the educational resources that are protected under copyright law is crucial to achieving high-quality education for all and achieving SDG4 and its associated targets. However, the exclusionary nature of copyright law can sometimes present hindrances to the full utilization of useful educational resources to support quality education. It can also further contribute to the exclusion of certain groups from accessing and benefiting from these resources due to factors like financial status, location, gender, or disability. Despite this, copyright laws can actually promote education, and we should explore ways to use them to support inclusive and high-quality education. To overcome the challenges posed by copyright protection and practices, this paper argues that we must carefully consider and effectively implement two mechanisms: copyright limitations and exceptions, and open licensing and open educational resources, both locally and globally.

Keywords: Copyright, Education, Quality Education, Inclusive Education, SDGs, SDG4

Suggested Citation

Majekolagbe, Faith, Copyright and Quality Education for All (SDG4) (September 13, 2023). European Intellectual Property Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

Faith Majekolagbe (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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