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 a total of $25) from Amazon through the following links:

Week 1

Lecture 1: The Foundations of Copyright Law

Discussion (January 24): Originality

Discussion (January 25): The Idea/Expression Distinction

Week 2

Lecture 2: Fairness and Personality Theories

Discussion (January 31): 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 1):  Nonfiction

Week 3

Lecture 3: The Subject Matter of Copyright

Discussion (February 7): Characters and Useful Articles

Discussion (February 8): The Music Business

Week 4

Lecture 4: Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 14): Information Technology

  • Lotus Development Corporation v. Borland International, Inc., 49 F.3d 807 (1st Cir. 1995) [pdf] [MS Word] [h2o]
  • Google v. Oracle (SCOTUS 2021), paragraphs 1-49, 107-125 [pdf] [MSWord]

Discussion (February 15): Bounded Rationality

Week 5

Lecture 5: Authorship

Discussion (February 21): Multiple Authors

Discussion (February 22): Works for Hire

Week 6

Lecture 6: The Mechanics of Copyright

Discussion (February 28): Copyright and Parentalism

Discussion (March 1): Copyright and the Constitution

Week 7

Lecture 7: The Rights to Reproduce and Modify

Discussion (March 7): “Probative Similarity” and “Substantial Similarity”

Discussion (March 8): Derivative Works

Week 8

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

Discussion (March 21): Distribution and First Sale

Discussion (March 22): Performances and Displays

Week 9

Lecture 9: Fair Use and Misuse

Discussion (March 28): Fair Use, Part 1

Discussion (March 29): Fair Use, Part 2

  • Cariou v. Prince, 713 F.3d 694 (2d Cir. 2013) [pdf] [MSWord]
  • Authors Guild v. Google, 804 F.3d 202 (2d Cir. 2015) [pdf] [MS Word] [h2o]
  • Google v. Oracle (SCOTUS 2021), paragraphs 50-106, 126-163 [pdf] [MSWord]
  • Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith (2d Cir. 2021) [pdf] [MSWord]

Week 10

Lecture 10: Cultural Theory

Discussion (April 4): Moral Rights in the United States

Discussion (April 5): Traditional Knowledge

Week 11

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

Discussion (April 11): Secondary Liability

Discussion (April 12): Technological Protection Measures

Week 12

Lecture 12: Remedies

Discussion (April 19): Damages

Discussion (April 20): Injunctions and Crimes

Last modified: December 30, 2021