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278.31 sec. 001 - Copyright Law (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Pamela Samuelson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


TuTh 11:20 AM - 12:35 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 19, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32247
Class Number: 32247

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 24
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 60
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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;
--ownership and transfers of copyright interests;
--the types of conduct authors have the right to control (and not control);
--fair uses and other copyright exceptions and limitations;
--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 periodical 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: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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