Law 633: Copyright

Statutory Drafting Exercise #3

Word Limit: 300 words

Due Thursday, April 12 at 5:00 pm

        This assignment includes a new element: you have a word limit of 300 words. If I ask you to draft legislation on the exam (and I may not), your answers will be subject to a word limit, so it seemed like a good idea to give you a chance to practice that skill.

        Identify a problem with the copyright law that you think is very important. Draft an amendment that would solve it. You may work alone or in teams of any size.

        Your amendment must reflect actual statutory language. Do not explain what it is you are trying to do -- the effect and intent of your amendment should be clear from the statutory language that you propose. You should anticipate that the language of your amendment may be both publicly performed and publicly displayed in class, and that one or more of your classmates will be asked to explain what your amendment will accomplish, and then criticize its weaknesses and praise its strengths.

        Do not include your name(s) anywhere on the assignment. Make up an arbitrary five-digit number for your amendment. Type the number at the top of the page. Save your assignment as a pdf file under a filename of your-five-digit-number.pdf. Upload a copy of your pdf file as your answer to the Qualtrics survey question posted at https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3jy1xKTo6MHBQ3j, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Your upload will be anonymous. Print out a copy of your assignment and bring it with you to class on Monday, April 16. If you are working in a team, make sure that every member of the team brings a copy to Wednesday's class. You should each save another copy for your own reference.

        Practice tip: I strongly suggest that you not try to evade the 300-word limit by incorporating words in the current statute by reference, since that would result in a massive point deduction if it showed up in an answer to the exam.