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LAW P 507 Copyright Law

Credits: 3-4, Max 4

This course provides an overview of copyright law and policy. Students will learn the fundamental features of copyright law, including validity, infringement, subject matter requirements and limitations, defenses, and boundaries between copyright and other IP regimes. It will explore the source and nature of copyright protection, as well as the justifications offered for such protection, whether those are philosophical, economic, or constitutional. In addition to familiarity with the Copyright Act and extensive case law, students will gain an understanding of copyright policy. Whose work should be protected, to what extent, and under what circumstances? Which unauthorized uses should count as infringing, and why? Special emphasis will be placed on the evolution of copyright in the digital era, since copyright law has evolved nearly constantly, in connection with new technologies, creative practices, and business models, as well as legislative jockeying. There is no prerequisite for this course, and it counts as a fundamental requirement for the IP Concentration Track.

Autumn, 3 Credit(s)

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Nicolas, Peter

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