Advanced Copyright Law & Policy (LAW-924-001)
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While the rapid development of digital technology continues to outpace copyright law, traditional concepts are constantly facing new challenges. The news is full of questions about the application of copyright law and the courts are constantly facing new challenges. Are famous dance movements copyrightable? Are bathing suits and cheerleader uniforms copyrightable? Are samples of sound recordings infringing. How do we determine what is copyrightable? If a work is copyrightable, is taking a part of that work infringing? What is the work and what are copyrightable parts of the work? When is a work registered and when can an infringement suit be initiated? These are some of the questions that we will discuss during the course, but the topics for the course will be customized to student interests. The primary focus of the course is the selection and development of a focused research topic of the student’s choice. This research paper may also be used to fulfill the upper level writing requirement in this course and LLM students are welcome. Class assignments will be selected to enhance critical analysis of case law and methods of statutory and regulatory interpretation.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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The readings for this course will all be available electronically and will consist of cases, reports, and articles. I may also provide more recent material as class handouts and documents on the MyWCL course site. You should check MyWCL regularly
First Class Readings
• John Tehranian, Infringement Nation: Copyright Reform and the Law/Norm Gap (2007) available on SSRN. Subsequently published as An Unhurried View of Copyright Reform: Bridging the Law/Norm Gap, 2007 Utah Law Review 537. Read either version
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