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Course Descriptions

Advanced Copyright (Spring 2018)

Course Description

Advanced Copyright assumes a general knowledge of the topic based on the introductory IP class offered by USC.  Copyright is a core competency for practice in any field of IP law, digital technologies, media, entertainment, publishing, sports, Mobile and Web content and in the arts.  This class will provide students with a firm foundation in United States copyright law.  The class includes advanced consideration of challenging developments in Copyright Law such as the evolving standards of substantial similarity in infringement analysis, fair use in both the creation and distribution of works of authorship, the challenges presented by digital production and distribution, contributory and direct liability standards for new technological and new platform uses of copyrighted works such as user generated content and global search.  The focus is on theory, analysis, conceptual context and copyright as applied in various businesses and forms of expression. Students completing the class well will be confident in approaching copyright-related issues in practice. The class reading materials will be mostly assigned cases and primary litigation documents. No casebook is used. The Copyright Act and its legislative history is a required text in book form.  A full syllabus will be available for review before the class starts. Active participation by students is requested and will form a portion of the grade. Class sessions will assume that the student has kept up with the assigned materials.  Assignments are reasonable and manageable. There will be occasional in class exercises, which in past years have proven very popular with the class.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T 4:00 pm - 5:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 1
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Active participation is requested and will form a portion of the grade