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278.31 sec. 001 - Copyright Law (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Pamela Samuelson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3


    MTu 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
    Location: Law 175
    From January 07, 2019
    To April 23, 2019

Course Start: January 07, 2019
Course End: April 23, 2019
Class Number (1Ls): 31677
Class Number: 31677

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 53
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 60
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

This course will be held in Booth Auditorium in Boalt Hall.

This course provides an in-depth review of U.S. copyright law, while also offering a comparative analysis with copyright laws of other jurisdictions insofar as those nations' rules differ from U.S. rules. We will study:
--the subject matter of copyright protection;
--criteria that works must meet to be eligible for copyright protection;
--who owns copyrights;
--what types of conduct authors have the right to control (and not control);
--fair uses and other copyright exceptions and limitations;
--rules concerning the transfer of rights;
--infringement standards;
--remedies for infringement;
--supplementary forms of protections for copyrighted works and federal preemption of some state law claims.
Owing largely to challenges posed by digital technologies, copyright law has become quite controversial, some of which play out in Congress and some in litigation. By taking this class, you will be better prepared to practice law in this dynamic field.
--constitutional, statutory and common law dimensions of copyright; and
--the relationship between federal copyright protection and similar state law rights.

The course will feature periodically discussion of current controversies in copyright litigation, legislation and scholarship. It will offer an international perspective on each topic covered. It covers many topics not addressed in the Introduction to Intellectual Property class.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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Required Books are in blue

  • Copyright in a Global Information Economy
    Julie E. Cohen, et al.
    Edition: 4th ed, 2015
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    ISBN: 9781454852018
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $272.75
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Law-school Bookstore prices are unavailable at this time.

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