278.33 sec. 001 - Advanced Copyright Seminar (Spring 2019)
Instructor: Pamela Samuelson (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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- W 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 134
From January 09, 2019
To April 19, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: 31678
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM
The development and deployment of digital technologies have posed many challenges for copyright law over the past few decades, and they continue to do so. This seminar will focus on current cases pending in courts and controversies in the policy arena. The ReDigi case, for instance, poses questions about whether consumers have the right to resell digital music through a service that transfers digital files from their computers to a central server, as they would have the right to resell a CD. The TV Eyes case addresses whether it is fair use for a technology provider to enable its customers to have copies of clips of TV programs relevant to their search queries. The Copyright Office is studying whether Congress should modify the DMCA safe harbors for Internet Service Providers, exceptions to anti-circumvention rules, and the role of copyright in regulating software-enabled technologies in the age of the Internet of Things. Congress is also interested in considering changes to digital music licensing rules. Students will have the opportunity to write papers, including if they wish papers to satisfy the supervised writing requirement, and make presentations on topics of their choice.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.
Students are strongly recommended to have taken Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, Law 275. 3, or be taking it or another intellectual property law class concurrently with this seminar.
This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.
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