HLS Syllabus 2019

Week 1

Lecture 1: The Foundations of Copyright Law

Discussion (January 28): Originality

Discussion (January 29): The Idea/Expression Distinction

Week 2

Lecture 2: Fairness and Personality Theories

Discussion (February 4): Labor v. Personhood

Discussion (February 5):  Nonfiction

Week 3

Lecture 3: The Subject Matter of Copyright

Discussion (February 11): Characters and Useful Articles

Discussion (February 13): Software

Week 4

Lecture 4: Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 18): Applications of Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 19): Alternatives to Copyright

Week 5

Lecture 5: Authorship

Discussion (February 25): Multiple Authors

Discussion (February 26): Works for Hire

Week 6

Lecture 6: The Mechanics of Copyright

Discussion (March 4): Copyright and Parentalism

Discussion (March 5): The Boundary between Copyright and the Public Domain

Week 7

Lecture 7: The Rights to Reproduce and Modify

Discussion (March 11): “Probative Similarity” and “Substantial Similarity”

Discussion (March 12): Derivative Works

Week 8

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

Discussion (March 25): Distribution and First Sale

Discussion (March 26): Performances and Displays

Week 9

Lecture 9: Fair Use and Misuse

Discussion (April 1): Fair Use, Part 1

Discussion (April 2): Fair Use, Part 2

Week 10

Lecture 10: Cultural Theory

Discussion (April 8): Moral Rights in the United States

Discussion (April 9): Traditional Knowledge

Week 11

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

Discussion (April 15): Secondary Liability

Discussion (April 16): 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 22): Damages

Discussion (April 23): Injunctions and Crimes

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