This is the webpage for a class from the PAST that
has ALREADY ENDED. Current class information is available here
LATEST CHANGES TO SITE
- 4/25/08: Posted page for finals-period questions and answers.
- 4/11/08: Posted past exams and details about the review sessions.
- 4/11/08: On THURSDAY, April 17th, class is canceled.
- 4/2/08: Posted new assignments for Tuesday, April 8, 2008 and Thursday, April 10, 2008 and supplemental reading for Tuesday, April 8, 2008.
- 3/17/08: Posted new assignment for Thursday, March 20, 2008.
- 3/3/2008: Posted corrected syllabus.
- 1/29/2008: Posted new assignment for Tuesday, February 5th
- 1/23/2008: Posted new assignments for Tuesday, January 29th and Thursday, January 31st.
- 1/14/2008: Posted syllabus.
- 12/27/2007: Posted first version of course website, including book information and first assignment.
Download the class
syllabus. (The syllabus available here was updated on March 3,
2008, to fix a couple typos on Page 6. You can also download just the corrected
I have posted a page collecting some of the student questions I have answered during the final exam preparation period. Check back often.
Two review sessions are planned:
- On Thursday, April 24th, during our usual class time, I will spend the hour answering student questions about anything we have covered in the course. Please send me your questions in advance!
- On Wednesday, April 30th, at 10:00 AM, in Room 207, I will be reviewing the exam from Spring 2007. The exam and solution are linked below, under "Other Class Materials." To make the most of the review session, I recommend you look at the exam from Spring 2007 only after a bit of preparation and, ideally, in a simulated test situation. The review session may last more than an hour.
Changes to Assignments
- Thursday, April 17th, class is canceled.
- For Thursday, April 10th, do not read pages 903-12 in your
casebook. Instead, your guest lecturers from the EFF, Fred Von
Lohmann and Cindy Cohn, would like you to read the following:
- BMG Music v. Gonzalez (7th Cir. 2005)
- UMG v. mp3.com, 2000 WL 1262568, 56 U.S.P.Q.2d 1376 (S.D.N.Y. 2000)
- Sections 412, 502-05 in the Copyright Act (statutory supplement)
- Casebook pages 875-87 (probably won't be discussed in class, but you're responsible for these pages)
- For Tuesday, April 8th, do not read the pages on "Fair Use and the
Internet" (pp. 849-58) except for the note having to do with Google
book search (Note 7). Also, note that the assignment begins on page
822, not 823 as the syllabus incorrectly states. The complete
assignment is now:
- pp. 822-33; 857-58 (Note 7 only); 868-74; and Perfect 10 v. Amazon (available below.)
- For Thursday, March 20th (Class 20), the assignment has changed.
First, read pages 749 - 766 in the case book on anti-circumvention.
(skim Universal City Studios v. Corley, found on pages 754-764).
Second, read the websites found at the following links:
- For Tuesday, February 5th (Class Seven), do not read the
pages assigned in the syllabus. Those pages--having to do with
copyrights in Architecture--will not be made up. Instead, we will
discuss copyright duration. Most (but not all) of these pages were
originally assigned for late in the semester.
The new assignment is:
7: T 2/5: pp. 313-317 (stop before section
entitled "Section 303. Preexisting Works Under Common Law
Protection."); 318-320 (starting at section [B]; look at chart
on 320 but skip notes following); 340-56 ; section
- For Tuesday, January 29th (Class Five) we will read a bit ahead,
adding some of the pages originally assigned for the following class.
The two assignments for week three are now:
5: T 1/29: pp.133-47; 165-67; 193-99 ; sections 101 ("including",
"such as", "literary works", "audiovisual works", "motion pictures",
"sound recordings"), 102(a).
6: R 1/31: pp.167-89 ; sections 101 ("pictorial, graphic, and
sculptural works," "useful article"), 102(a), 113(a-c).
Our primary source will be a casebook: Joyce, Leaffer, Jaszi, and
Ochoa, COPYRIGHT LAW (7th Ed. 2006) (ISBN 9780820570969).
Additionally, you are required to have the 2007 CUMULATIVE SUPPLEMENT
to the Casebook (ISBN 9781422418529), which has also been made
available in the bookstore.
First Class, Tues, Jan 15: Chapter 1 Introduction and 1.01, 1.02[A]
(pp.1-3); History (pp. 14-26); Thinking and Talking About Copyright
(pp. 49-61). Also, skim 1.02[B] and [C] (pp. 3-14).
Second Class, Thurs, Jan 17: Chapter 2 Introduction and 2.01 Fixation
(pp. 63-79). In the Statutory Supplement: 17 U.S.C. - 101 ("copies",
"created", "device, machine, or process," "fixed," and
"phonorecords"), 102(a), 1101.
For Class 23, Tuesday, April 8th, read the opinion in Perfect 10
vs. Amazon in addition to the other reading assigned on the
For Class 13, Tuesday, February 26th, there is no "ringtones handout"
contrary to what the syllabus says. Read the pages assigned from the
Class Mind Maps
Here are PDF versions of the Mind Maps developed in class:
Class Twenty-Six: April 22
Class Twenty-Five: April 15
Class Twenty-Four: April 10 (no mind map for guest lecturer)
Class Twenty-Three: April 8
Class Twenty-Two: April 3
Class Twenty-One: April 1
Class Twenty: March 20
Class Nineteen: March 18
Class Eighteen: March 13
Class Seventeen: March 11
Class Sixteen: March 6
Class Fifteen: March 4: No Class
Class Fourteen: February 28
Class Thirteen: February 26
Class Twelve: February 21
Class Eleven: February 19
Class Ten: February 14
Class Nine: February 12
Class Eight: February 7
Class Seven: February 5
Class Six: January 31
Class Six: January 31: Map of Rules of Conceptual Separability
Class Five: January 29
Class Four: January 24
Class Three: January 22
Class Two: January 17
Class One: January 15
Other Class Materials
Past Final Exams
You may also find useful past exams I have given in the Introduction to Intellectual Property course. Understand, however, that these tests contain a problem each that have nothing to do with copyright. Even the copyright questions are strewn with facts that have more to do with trademark than copyright. Here are two:
- Copyright - Spring 2007
- This is the exam I gave in this course the last (and only other) time I taught it. This was a very difficult exam, so don't lose heart by the amount of material presented. This is the exam that will be discussed at the second review session, Wednesday, April 30th, at 10:00 AM in Room 207. See the description of the review session above.
- Final exam from Spring 2007.
- Grading rubric from Spring 2007.
- Intro to IP - Fall 2006
- Intro to IP - Spring 2006