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Orphan Works/Legislative Drafting Assignment Page

Course Syllabus

Review Sessions

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.

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 excerpt.

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 contracts, 699-718.

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 instruction.)

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:

Required Texts

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.)

Supplemental Reading


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:

Other Links

The syllabus lists four optional texts, two of which are available for free online: For music cases, consult the materials archived at the Copyright Infringement Project, a joint effort of UCLA and Columbia Law Schools.