CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered from January to May each year under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The course explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, assigned readings, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.
Three types of courses make up the CopyrightX Community:
- a residential course on Copyright Law, taught by Prof. William Fisher to approximately 100 Harvard Law School students;
- an online course divided into sections of 25 students, each section taught by a Harvard Teaching Fellow;
- affiliated courses based in countries other than the United States, each taught by an expert in copyright law.
Admission to the online sector of CopyrightX is free and is open to anyone at least 13 years of age, but enrollment is limited. The 2014 version of the course is now complete. For details concerning the application and admission processes for the 2015 version, see CopyrightX:Admission.
The lectures, reading materials, maps, and recordings that have been developed for CopyrightX are also available for use by teachers and students in other settings. All of these materials are licensed under a Creative Commons License, the terms of which are available here.