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Copyright Law in Practice (Spring 2017)

Course Description

The purpose of this class is to provide an in depth exposure to the application of copyright laws in litigation, in the management and development of copyrighted works, in business and to the impact of copyright on society at large.  The professor has a long career in business and as a lawyer spanning film, television, books, music, art and the Internet and has more than 10 years experience in teaching advanced copyright courses.

Intellectual Property is a prerequisite for this class.

Through a series of specific settings found in practice, a variety of topics or themes will be examined including the doctrine of substantial similarity, the meaning of authorship, fair use in litigation and business applications, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown and counter-notice procedures, rules attendant to termination, registration and due diligence review, protection afforded to characters, using copyright to protect software and computer systems and other topics at the professor’s discretion.

Each theme will be approached through a lecture component and a related in-class activity that might include in-class participation by professionals, role-play by students, discussions with prototypical clients affected by the topic or presentations by students.  Students will be required to be active participants and there will be as many as four short written or short presentation assignments.

Grading will be based on the materials and presentations submitted or presented by the student, by class participation and by a written final exam.  The questions for the exam will be provided to students a week in advance.  Written submissions, presentations and in-class participation will count for 40% of a grade and the final exam for 60% of the grade.  All grading will be based on individual performance and not on group results.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M 4:00 pm - 5:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 130
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Pre-requisites: Intellectual Property
  • Enrollment Limitation: 20 students