This is the webpage for a class from the PAST that
has ALREADY ENDED. Current class information is available here
LATEST CHANGES TO SITE
- 4/24/10: Posted cover instructions for final exam in "Other Materials".
- 4/18/10: Posted modified assignment for Wednesday, April 21
- 4/18/10: Posted link to list of answers to student questions leading up to exam.
- 4/11/10: Posted past exams, details
about the review sessions, and handout
for next Monday's (April 19th) class.
- 4/5/10: Posted modified assignment for Monday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 14
- 4/2/10: Posted modified assignment for Wednesday, April 7
- 3/27/10: Posted modified assignment for Wednesday, March 31
- 3/17/10: Posted new page describing graded Legislative Drafting Assignment (due Wednesday, April 14th)
- 3/15/10: Posted modified (shortened) assignment for Wednesday, March 17
- 3/9/10: Posted modified (shortened) assignment for Monday, March 15
- 2/9/10: Posted modified (shortened) assignments for Monday, February 15, and Wednesday, February 17
- 1/26/10: Posted modified (shortened) assignment for Wednesday, February 3, 2010.
- 1/24/10: Posted new assignments for Monday, Feb. 8 and Monday, April 19. Posted new syllabus reflecting changes.
- 1/10/10: The books have arrived at the bookstore, and the second reading is posted, below.
I will be holding one, double-length review session on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 1:00 - 3:30 PM, in our classroom, Room 204.
- I will spend the first hour, or so, answering student questions about anything we have covered in the course. Please send me your questions in advance!
- I will spend the second hour reviewing the exam from Spring 2008. 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 2008 only after a bit of preparation and, ideally, in a simulated test situation. The review session may last more than an hour.
Changes to Syllabus
The following assignments have been modified:
Wed, April 21, 2010: The final assignment has been modified, to reduce
the number of pages assigned. The new assignment is: 788-94;
Supp. 486-99; Supp. 502(note "c"); sections 502-05.
Mon, April 19, 2010: As indicated on your syllabus, the reading for
Monday, April 19th, is a handout. This handout is from the new edition
of your casebook, an excerpt of a
new chapter 8 on Contracts. Read all twenty pages of the
Wed, April 14, 2010: We will discuss the graded, legislative drafting
assignments during the first half of class. For the second half, read
the materials on preemption, 649-76 and section 301(a) and (b).
Mon, April 12, 2010: Do NOT read the materials on Technological
Protections. I am canceling the assignment to make room for the
discussion of the graded, legislative drafting assignment, which we
will have on Wednesday. Instead, REREAD the Perfect 10 materials and
the note on the Google Library/Book search, Supp 419-423, Supp 430-32,
Supp 450-54, Supp 456-57, and read ahead the materials on
Wed, April 7, 2010: For the guest lecture by Wendy Seltzer, read the
assignment as indicated on the syllabus, and also this document, a
complaint filed in the Viacom v. YouTube/Google case. The full
assignment is: 501-11, Supp. 434-42, Section 512 (Read the statutory
section carefully!) and the Viacom complaint. (Note that the
supplement instructs you to skip notes in the book. Obey that
Wed, March 31, 2010: Because we didn't get to the material on
Wednesday, March 17th, we're going to cancel the assignment originally
intended for March 31st (save five pages in the supplement, which
we'll read and discuss) with the older material we didn't cover. The
full assignment is now: 473 - 501, Supp. 419-23, Supp. 430-32,
Supp. 450-54, and section 501(a).
Wed, March 17, 2010: Do NOT read the material on the Liability of
Device Manufacturers (Pages 488-501). Full assignment is now: 473-487,
Supp. 419-23, 430-32 (notes about Perfect 10); section 501(a).
Mon, March 15, 2010: Do NOT read the material on the Audio Home
Recording Act (pages 458-463). Full assignment is now: 443-58, 463-72,
Supp. 425-26, §§ 101 ("sound recordings"), 114-15.
Wed, February 17, 2010: Do NOT read Part 3, new Paradigms. Full assignment
is now: 280-304; § 101 ("compilation")
Mon, February 15, 2010: Do NOT read the case Apple v. Franklin (and notes
following) or Part 3, New Paradigms. Full assignment is now: 235-38;
242-64; § 117
February 3, 2010: Do NOT read pages 169-77 (Renewals). The full
assignment is: 153-69; 177-82; Supp. 368; Skim §§ 202, 203,
302, 303, 304(a) - (d).
January 24, 2010: A new version of the course syllabus (version 0.97)
is available here. (word) The assignments for two classes (Monday, Feb. 8
and Monday, April 19) have changed from those listed in the original
syllabus. The new assignments are:
- Monday, February 8, 2010: Formalities: 139-53, 741-44, 17 USC §§ 401, 408(a) and (b), 411-12
- Monday, April 19, 2010: Mechanics of Transfer: Handout to be posted later on website.
Our primary source will be a casebook: Julie Cohen, Lydia Loren, Ruth
Okediji & Maureen O'Rourke, Copyright in a
Global Information Economy (2d ed. 2006). Additionally, you are
required to have the 2009
Case and Statutory Supplement to the Casebook.
Due to a mishap in ordering, these books will not be available in the bookstore until Wednesday, January 12, 2010. In the meantime, Professor Ohm will make available copies of the first two chapters. Please contact Professor Ohm if you haven't received these yet.
Update, January 10th: The books have arrived! If you haven't already, please be sure to pick up a book and the supplement soon.
First Two Assignments
Monday, January 11: Casebook, 3-33; skim 33-42
Wednesday, January 13: Casebook, 45-72; In statutory supplement, read 17 U.S.C. sections 101 ("copies", "created", "device, machine, or process", "fixed", "phonorecords), 102(a), 1101. (If you don't yet have the supplement, you can read these sections online.)
Class Mind Maps
Class Twenty-Six: April 21 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Five: April 19 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Four: April 14 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Three: April 12 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Two: April 7 Slides from Wendy Seltzer's Guest Lecture
Class Twenty-One: April 5 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty: March 31 (MM) (PDF)
Class Nineteen: March 29 (MM) (PDF)
Class Eighteen: March 17 (MM) (PDF)
Class Seventeen: March 15 (MM) (PDF)
Class Sixteen: March 10 (MM) (PDF)
Class Fifteen: March 8 (MM) (PDF)
Class Fourteen: March 3 (MM) (PDF)
Class Thirteen: March 1 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twelve: February 24 (MM) (PDF)
Class Eleven: February 22 (MM) (PDF)
Class Ten: February 17 (MM) (PDF)
Class Nine: February 15 (MM) (PDF)
Class Eight: February 10 (Chart of Conceptual Separability Tests)(MM) (PDF)
Class Eight: February 10 (MM) (PDF)
Class Seven: February 8 (MM) (PDF)
Class Six: February 3 (MM) (PDF)
Class Five: January 27 (MM) (PDF)
Class Four: January 25 (MM) (PDF)
Class Three: January 20 (MM) (PDF)
Class Two: January 13 (MM) (PDF)
Class One: January 11 (MM) (PDF)
Other Class Materials
I have posted the cover pages with the instructions for the exam for this year's final.
Be sure to visit the entry for each case we read on the companion website for our
casebook, especially when you are having trouble understanding the
background or context.
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 2008
- Copyright - Spring 2007
- This is the exam I gave in this course the first time I taught it. This was a very difficult exam, so don't lose heart by the amount of material presented.
- Final exam from Spring 2007.
- Grading rubric from Spring 2007.
- Intro to IP - Fall 2007
- Intro to IP - Fall 2006
- Intro to IP - Spring 2006
The syllabus lists four optional texts, two of which are available for
For music cases, consult the materials archived at the Copyright Infringement Project, a
joint effort of UCLA and Columbia Law Schools.