Most recently revised: January 16, 2017

 

University of Michigan
Law 633
Copyright Law
Winter 2017

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)

  • 2016 Case Supplement (available as a free download here or here)

  • 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:

The Canvas site for this course links to a site on the open web at www.umich.edu/~jdlitman/classes/copyright.htm. Here you will find this syllabus, 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. I will post news and other items of interest on the references page. (Revisions will not be announced via Canvas, so make a habit of checking this site after each class.)

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 12, 13:
  • January 18, 19, 20:
  • January 25, 26, 27:
    • We’ll discuss the statutory drafting exercise in Wednesday’s class. Bring a copy of the draft you worked on with you to class
    • Casebook pages 121-181
    • Case Supplement pages 1-2
    • 17 USC §§ 101, 113, 201, 202
    • Optional:

  • February 1, 2, 3:
  • February 8, 9, 10:
  • February 15, 16, 17:
  • February 22, 24, 25:
    • We’ll discuss the statutory drafting exercise in Wednesday’s class. Bring a copy of the draft you worked on with you to class
    • Casebook pages 396-419, 429-47
    • Case Supplement pages 9-19
    • 17 USC § 106, 110, 114, 115, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1008
    • Optional:

  • March 8,9,10:
    • Guest Lecture, Wednesday March 8: Sarang Damle, General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
    • Casebook pages 449-79, 483-526
    • 17 USC §§ 106A, 114, 301, 1101

  • March 15, 16, 17:
    • Guest Lecture, Friday March 17: Fred Von Lohmann, Copyright Legal Director, Google
    • Case Update pages 22-29
    • Casebook pages 530-601
    • 17 USC §§ 107, 501, 502, 503, 504, 512
    • Statutory Drafting Exercise due Friday, March 17, at 6:00 pm
    • Optional:

  • March 21, 22, 23:
    • The class scheduled for Friday March 24 is canceled. We will make the class up on Tuesday, March 21, in room 236 HH, from 10:20 to 11:35. (This is time that the Records Office advises me will be the inconvenient for the smallest number of you given your other scheduled classes.) The class will be recorded for those of you who cannot make it.
    • We’ll discuss the statutory drafting exercise in Wednesday’s class. Bring a copy of the draft you worked on with you to class
    • Casebook pages 602-665
    • Case Update pages 30-31
    • 17 USC § 107
    • Optional: Read the Second Circuit's opinion in Authors Guild v. Google

  • March 29, 30, 31:
    • Casebook pages 666-707
    • 17 USC §§ 104A, 201, 202, 203, 204, 302, 303, 304, 305, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412
    • 1909 Act §§ 2, 10, 12, 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28
    • Problem Set
    • Optional: Professor Lolly Gasaway devised a handy copyright duration chart. You can find it here.

  • April 4, 6, 7:
    • Guest Lecture Friday April 7: Patrick Perkins, Vice President, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Warner Bros. Entertainment
    • Problem Set (cont.)
    • Casebook pages 708-759
    • 17 USC § 201, 202, 204

  • April 12, 13, 14:
  • April 19:
    • Bring your laptops to class on Wednesday, April 19, to complete teaching evaluations during the first 15 minutes of class
    • After taking 15 minutes for teaching evaluations, we will discuss the final statutory drafting exercise. Be sure to bring a copy of your draft to class.
    • Handout
    • Optional:
      • Copies of exams from prior years, with answers, are posted on Canvas here.

     


 

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