Most recently revised: April 13, 2015

University of Michigan
Law 633
Copyright Law
Winter 2015

Final Revised 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 (3d edition 2010)
  • Cohen, Loren Okediji and O’Rourke 2013 Case SUPPLEMENT with 2014 Update (free download)
    • (This is a combined filed. You can find the Authors’ 2013 Case Supplement here and the 2014 update files here.)
  • A copy of the Copyright statute (available here, here, here, here, here, or here)

Online resources:

I have posted a website for this course at 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 with content keyed to the book. It includes links to the unedited version of each case, and useful resources and updates.


The exam in this course will be a 48-hour, take-home examination. During the examination you may consult the casebook, the combined 2013-14 supplement, 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.