Most recently revised: February 11, 2016

 

University of Michigan
Law 633
Copyright Law
Winter 2016

Tentative Syllabus

 

(This syllabus will change frequently. It's a good idea to check back here after each class to find added links, optional excursions, and revised assignments.)

Required Texts:

  • Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth Gana Okediji & Maureen A, O'Rourke, COPYRIGHT IN A GLOBAL INFORMATION ECONOMY (4th edition 2015)

  • A copy of the Copyright statute available to purchase (for $8) here; available to download for free (but you will need to print it out, and it’s long) here, here, or here; and available to read online here

Online resources:

I have posted a website for this course at www.umich.edu/~jdlitman/classes/copyright.htm. The website includes this syllabus page, a page with links to references, news, announcements, and items of curiosity, and a page with recommendations for further optional reading. You should consult the site frequently. I will post revised versions of the syllabus and copies of class handouts here.

The authors of your casebook have posted a website at http://www.coolcopyright.com/ with content keyed to the book. It includes links to the unedited version of each case, and useful resources and updates.

Examination:

The exam in this course will be a 48-hour, take-home examination. During the examination you may consult the casebook, your copy of the copyright statute, a dictionary of the English language, and your own notes. You may not consult any other sources.

Laptop policy:

No laptops are allowed in class.

 

Assignments:

  • January 13, 14:
  • January 20, 21:
  • January 25, 27, 28:
    • We’ll discuss the statutory drafting exercise in Monday’s class. bring a copy of the draft you worked on with you to class
    • Casebook, pages 97-172
    • 17 USC §§ 101, 102, 103, 201, 202
    • Optional:

  • February 1, 3, 4:
    • Casebook, pages 172-243
    • 17 USC §§ 101, 102, 105, 113, 117, 120, 201, 204
    • Optional:
      • Visit Public.Resource.org. Look around.
      • Look at some bicycle racks in downtown Ann Arbor:
      • Is Mia Cinelli’s Loop a copyrightable sculpture? How about Cinelli’s other works? (The Weight? As it Was? Fayette? Bags to Riches? Infinitea?)
      • Skim Chapter 9 of the COMPENDIUM OF COPYRIGHT OFFICE PRACTICES
      • Spend some time exploring the architecture of South Hall at the Law School Building Project page. Then, take fifteen minutes to look at the expression of that architecture in the actual building. What does the architects’ copyright protect?
      • Hartman-Cox also designed the bridge that connects the 3d floor of Hutchins Hall with the 7th floor of the Cook Legal Research building. Find the bridge and check it out, both from the outside and from the inside. Is the bridge an architectural work? Why or why not? If it is, what does Hartman-Cox’s copyright protect?

  • February 8, 10, 11:
  • February 15, 17, 18:
  • February 22, 23, 26:
    • Guest lecture: Corynne McSherry, Wednesday, February 24
    • We’ll discuss the statutory drafting exercise in Monday’s class. bring a copy of the draft you worked on with you to class
    • Casebook, pages 396-447
    • 17 USC § 110, 114, 115, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1008
    • Optional:

  • March 7, 9, 10:
    • Guest Lecture, Thursday March 10: Sarang Damle, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
    • Casebook pages 449-502
    • 17 USC §§ 106, 106A, 1101

  • March 16, 18, 19:
    • Casebook, pages 502-562
    • 17 USC §§ 501, 512
    • Statutory Drafting Exercise

  • March 21, 23, 24:
  • March 28, 30, 31:
    • Casebook pages 631-703
    • 17 USC §§ 104A, 203, 302, 303, 304, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412
    • 1909 Act §§ 10, 12, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27
    • Problem Set

  • April 4, 6, 7:
    • Problem Set (cont.)
    • Casebook pages 705-731
    • 17 USC § 204

  • April 11, 13, 14:
    • Casebook pages 861-909
    • 17 USC §§ 1201, 1202

  • April 18, 20:
    • Bring your laptops to class on Monday, April 18, to complete teaching evaluations during the first 15 minutes of class
    • Casebook pages 761-795, 803-815, 831-848
    • 17 USC §§ 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507
    • Handout
    • Optional:
      • Copies of exams from prior years, with answers, are posted on Canvas here.