Course Details

Copyright Law

This course is an intensive survey of copyright law. Topics to be covered include: categories of subject matter that can, and cannot, be protected; rules governing initial authorship and the transfer of rights; exclusive rights that copyright law gives to copyright owners; limitations and exceptions, such as the fair use doctrine, that are designed to protect the public interest in access to creative works; statutory provisions relating to access-control and copy-control technology; recent developments in secondary liability, particularly with respect to Internet companies; preemption of state laws, particularly contract law; and special aspects of copyright remedies and copyright litigation. The course is centered on United States law but will frequently address international treaties and the copyright law of other countries. Throughout the course, we will grapple with the challenge that new technologies pose to both copyright industries and copyright law. This course has no prerequisites. In particular, Intellectual Property (PPTYTORT 650) is NOT a prerequisite. Students will understand the landscape of U.S. copyright law, setting them up for further practical experience and in-depth study. Reading materials will be posted to Canvas, largely consisting of judicial opinions edited by the instructor. There is no required casebook or statutory supplement.

Catalog Number: PPTYTORT 652
Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Practice AreaProperty Practice Area


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Copyright Law
Faculty: DiCola, Peter C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 59     Actual: 40

Spring 2017
Title: Copyright Law
Faculty: DiCola, Peter C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 34

Fall 2015
Title: Copyright Law
Faculty: DiCola, Peter C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 47

Spring 2015
Title: Copyright Law
Faculty: DiCola, Peter C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 59     Actual: 51