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

Prior to the seminar for each week, students in the online sections should have both watched the recorded lecture and read the assigned material. The lectures are especially crucial; students who have not watched them will not be able to participate effectively in the seminars.

Many of the assigned readings consist of edited judicial opinions. Non-lawyers unfamiliar with this genre may find helpful the following document: Understanding Judicial Opinions

Week 1 (Jan. 28-30)

Lecture 1: The Foundations of Copyright Law


Week 2 (Feb. 4-6)

Lecture 2: Fairness and Personality Theories


Week 3 (Feb. 11-13)

Lecture 3: The Subject Matter of Copyright


  • DC Comics v. Towle, 802 F.3d 1012 (9th Cir. 2015) [pdf] [MS Word] [h20]
  • Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (US Supreme Court 2017) [pdf]

Week 4 (Feb. 18-20)

Lecture 4: Welfare Theory


Week 5 (Feb. 25-27)

Lecture 5: Authorship


Week 6 (Mar. 4-6)

Lecture 6: The Mechanics of Copyright


Week 7 (Mar. 11-13)

Lecture 7: The Rights to Reproduce and Modify


Week 8 (Mar. 25-27)

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


Week 9 (Apr. 1-3)

Lecture 9: Fair Use and Misuse


Week 10 (Apr. 8-10)

Lecture 10: Cultural Theory


Week 11 (Apr. 15-17)

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


Week 12 (Apr. 22-24)

Lecture 12: Remedies


Exam (May 6-10)

The 2021 CopyrightX exam period will open on May 6 at 9:00am ET (13:00 UTC) and will close on May 10 promptly at 8:59am ET (12:59 UTC). Late submissions will not be processed.

Exam Instructions: [PDF]

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*If you are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19 that impacts your ability to take the CopyrightX exam during the specified time frame, please email with details, and we will provide reasonable accommodations.