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278.31 sec. 001 - Copyright Law (Spring 2024)

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


TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 09, 2024
To April 18, 2024

Course Start: January 09, 2024
Course End: April 18, 2024
Class Number: 32678

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 68
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 68
As of: 07/22 07:06 AM

This course will focus on the principal features of U.S. copyright law: what is (and is not) copyrightable subject matter, the originality and fixation requirements for copyright protection, ownership and transfer of rights issues, in-depth analysis of the exclusive rights, the scope of protection that copyright law affords to works of authorship, limiting principles, exceptions, and defenses to infringement, standards for judging direct and indirect infringement, and remedies available in copyright lawsuits. Both statutory and common law developments will be considered, as well as neighboring rights such as anti-circumvention rules. Current controversies about the contours of and theoretical underpinnings of copyright and the public domain will be discussed. Comparative copyright law and international treaties affecting copyright law will also be given some attention. Students who have previously taken Intellectual Property Law are eligible to take this course. Students without an IP background are also welcome.

No prerequisites

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Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 3.5 hours
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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