This is the webpage for a class from the PAST that
has ALREADY ENDED. Current class information is available here
- 4/20/11: Posted the instruction pages for the exam.
- 4/12/11: As we agreed in class, I will hold one double-length review session on Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00pm - 3:30pm, in Room 204. Please send me your questions for the Q&A portion in advance.
- 4/11/11: The assignments for the last two classes of the semester have been shortened. The new assignments are:
- Class 25, Monday April 18: 798-809, 811-15, 825-31 ; Sections 502-05.
- (Note: to understand the first case in the reading, Stewart v. Abend, you must also read Part I of the opinion on pages 176-77.)
- Class 26, Wednesday April 20: 160-76, 183-87 ; Sections 202, 203, 302-03; skim Section 304(a)-(d).
- 4/11/11: I am posting selected answers to student questions leading up to the exam.
- 4/5/11: For class #23 on Monday, April 11th, in addition to the material assigned on the syllabus, read the following two short news articles about the company Righthaven LLC: (#1) and (#2).
- 3/23/11: For class #20 on Wednesday, March 30th, which will be guest-lectured, do NOT read the Jacobsen case or the notes following. The new assignment is: 629-40; 644-55.
- 3/15/11: For class #19 on Monday, March 28th (after Spring Break), we will cover the material we didn't reach from our last class. To make time for this, do not read N.Y. Times v. Tasini. The new assignment is:
- A. Review all of the material from Assignment #17 that we didn't cover (Perfect 10, Sony, Grokster)
- B. Pages 605-14 and 620-29; Sections 201(d), 204, 205.
- 3/14/11: Students must sign up to speak on the editable version of the agenda, linked to below.
- 3/13/11: Posted meeting agenda in Exercise section of website.
- 3/7/11: The text of the bill we will use for the legislative exercise is available below, in a new section of the website dedicated to the exercise.
- 3/1/11: A few upcoming assignments have changed. An addendum to the syllabus reflecting the changes and listing all assignments for the rest of the semester is available here: (word) (pdf). The changed assignments are:
- Monday, March 7: 411-29; sections 101 ("display", "perform", "publicly", 109(c), skim 110.
- Monday, March 14: 469, 475-82, 489-503; section 501(a).
- Wednesday, March 16: In-Class Exercise: No Reading Assigned.
- 3/1/11: Here are instructions (word) (also pdf) for the in-class exercise.
- 2/28/11: Our in-class exercise will take place in class on Wednesday, March 16th. You will be required to hand in write-ups on Monday, April 4th. Full details will be distributed in class (and posted to this site) on Wednesday, March 2nd.
- 2/28/11: REMINDER: For class #15 (seven classes from now) on Wednesday, March 2nd, in addition to the reading on the syllabus, please read this article from Harper's Magazine.
- 2/16/11: For class #11 on Monday, February 21st, do not read the Altai case. The new assignment is: 309-33.
- 2/8/11: For class #15 (seven classes from now) on Wednesday, March 2nd, in addition to the reading on the syllabus, please read this article from Harper's Magazine.
I will hold one double-length review session on Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00pm - 3:30pm, in Room 204. Please send me your questions for the Q&A portion in advance.
The syllabus is available here in Word and PDF file formats.
Our primary source will be a casebook: Julie Cohen, Lydia Loren, Ruth
Okediji & Maureen O'Rourke, Copyright
in a Global Information Economy (3d ed. 2010).
Additionally, you are required to have a complete copy of the
Copyright Act, Title 17 of the U.S. Code. To satisfy this requirement,
consider buying the
2010 Case and Statutory Supplement to the Casebook, because I will
refer to page numbers from this book in class..
First Two Assignments
Monday, January 10: Casebook, 3-32; skim 33-42
Wednesday, January 12: Casebook, 45-47; 57-72; 77-81 (skip notes after Mannion); in statutory supplement, read section 102(a) (If you don't yet have the supplement, you can read the statute online.)
In-Class Exercise Materials
The in-class exercise takes place on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, during our usually scheduled class.
The written assignment is due by the start of class on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.
Class Mind Maps
Class Twenty-Six: April 20 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Five: April 18 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Four: April 13 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Three: April 11 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-Two: April 6 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty-One: April 4 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twenty: March 30, Guest Lecturer Andy Hartman. No materials.
Class Nineteen: March 18 (MM) (PDF)
Class Eighteen: March 16, In-Class Exercise. No materials.
Class Seventeen: March 14 (MM) (PDF)
Class Sixteen: March 9 (MM) (PDF)
Class Fifteen: March 7 (MM) (PDF)
Class Fourteen: March 2 Slides presented by guest lecturer Meg Ambrose (PDF)
Class Thirteen: February 28 (MM) (PDF)
Class Twelve: February 23 (MM) (PDF)
Class Eleven: February 21 (MM) (PDF)
Class Ten: February 16 (MM) (PDF)
Class Nine: February 9 (MM) (PDF)
Class Eight: February 7 (MM) (PDF)
Class Seven: February 2 (MM) (PDF)
Class Six: January 31 (MM) (PDF)
Class Five: January 26 (MM) (PDF)
Class Four: January 24 (MM) (PDF)
Class Three: January 19 (MM) (PDF)
Class Two: January 12 (MM) (PDF)
Class One: January 10 (MM) (PDF)
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.
- Copyright - Spring 2010
- Note: We will be discussing this exam at a review session, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 1:00 - 3:30pm. To help you get the most of this session, you may want to save this exam for last by not looking at it until you have finished your outline.
- Final exam from Spring 2010.
- Grading rubric from Spring 2010.
- 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 2008
- 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.