All of the assigned readings are available online through the links in the syllabus, below.  In addition, most of the readings are available in two printed volumes, available (for $10 apiece) from Amazon through the following links:  Volume 1Volume 2.

Week 1

Lecture 1: The Foundations of Copyright Law

Discussion (January 25): Originality

Discussion (January 26): The Idea/Expression Distinction

Week 2

Lecture 2: Fairness and Personality Theories

Discussion (February 1): Labor v. Personhood

  • John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government (1689), Chapter 5 [pdf]
  • Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974), pp. 174-182 [pdf]
  • Turner Entertainment Co. v. Huston, Court of Appeal of Versailles, France, December 19, 1994 [pdf]

Discussion (February 2):  Nonfiction

Week 3

Lecture 3: The Subject Matter of Copyright

Discussion (February 8): Characters and Useful Articles

Discussion (February 9): The Entertainment Industry

Week 4

Lecture 4: Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 15): Information Technology

Discussion (February 16): Bounded Rationality

Week 5

Lecture 5: Authorship

Discussion (February 22): Multiple Authors

Discussion (February 23): Works for Hire

Week 6

Lecture 6: The Mechanics of Copyright

Discussion (March 1): Copyright and Parentalism

Discussion (March 2): Copyright and the Constitution

Week 7

Lecture 7: The Rights to Reproduce and Modify

Discussion (March 8): “Probative Similarity” and “Substantial Similarity”

Discussion (March 9): Derivative Works

Week 8

Lecture 8: The Rights to Distribute, Perform, and Display

Discussion (March 22): Distribution and First Sale

Discussion (March 23): Performances and Displays

Week 9

Lecture 9: Fair Use and Misuse

Discussion (March 29): Fair Use, Part 1

Discussion (March 30): Fair Use, Part 2

Week 10

Lecture 10: Cultural Theory

Discussion (April 5): Moral Rights in the United States

Discussion (April 6): Traditional Knowledge

Week 11

Lecture 11: Supplements to Copyright: Secondary Liability and Para-copyright

Discussion (April 12): Secondary Liability

Discussion (April 13): Technological Protection Measures

  • Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Corley, 273 F.3d 429 (2d Cir. 2001) [pdf] [MS Word] [h2o]
  • 37 C.F.R 201.40 (2018) [pdf]

Week 12

Lecture 12: Remedies

Discussion (April 20): Damages

Discussion (April 21): Injunctions and Crimes

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