LAW-2618 Copyright Law

Prof. Rebecca Curtin, Prof. Leah Chan Grinvald,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


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This course considers problems, practical and theoretical, that arise in the creation, marketing, and distribution of literary, artistic, musical, and computer related works. Attention centers on the law of copyright, but the course also considers related branches of law, especially the law of unfair competition.


Faculty comments: Professor Silbey: This course is about the intellectual property right known as the copyright. Although an introductory class to intellectual property is not a prerequisite to this course, a basic understanding of how copyrights compare with patents, trade secrets and trademark as other forms of intellectual property will help analyze the law and policy we will be discussing over the semester. This course will focus on the historical development of copyright and how the law and its practice has evolved into the 21st century with the explosion of digital technology.

The course is taught in a question and answer method. Students are expected to have read the material and to be able to discuss it by answering questions and expand on the underlying rationale for the rules being learned and evaluated. Grades are based on a 3-hour in class exam. Professor Silbey reserves the right to include class participation in the student’s overall grade.

Professor Grinvald: Although an introductory class to intellectual property is not a prerequisite to this course, a basic understanding of how copyright compares with patents, trade secrets and trademark as other forms of intellectual property will help analyze the law and policy we will be discussing over the semester. This course will focus on the historical development of copyright and how the law and its practice has evolved into the 21st century with the explosion of digital technology. The class will be taught in an innovative format: the first few classes will meet in person, with the bulk of the semester taught through online lectures with integrated powerpoint slides (along with a short multiple choice exam at the end), and in-person small group work (for example, simulated negotiations or license drafting). The class will also make use of Blackboard features, such as the online discussion board. This class promises to be exciting, and will also offer more flexibility than a traditional course. This class qualifies as a 'distance education course' under the ABA rules because more than one-third of the instruction will be online. The final grade for this class will be based on the multiple choice exams and the small group exercises conducted throughout the semester. There is no final exam for this course.


pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Intellectual Property Concentration Requirements

pointer    Final Exam Required

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<<Course Updated: April 01, 2016>>