HLS Syllabus 2016

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

Discussion (February 2):  Nonfiction

Week 3

Lecture 3: The Subject Matter of Copyright

Discussion (February 8): Characters and Useful Articles

Discussion (February 9): Software

Week 4

Lecture 4: Welfare Theory

Discussion (Feburary 16): Applications of Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 17): Alternatives to Copyright

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 (February 29): Copyright and Parentalism

Discussion (March 1): The Boundary between Copyright and the Public Domain

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

Special Event (March 23): Creativity in Literature

Week 9

Lecture 9: Fair Use and Misuse

Discussion (March 28): Fair Use, Part 1

Discussion (March 29): Fair Use, Part 2

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

Special Event (April 13): International IP

  • Shira Perlmutter, the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the Patent and Trademark Office

Week 12

Lecture 12: Remedies

Discussion (April 18): Damages

Discussion (April 19): Injunctions and Crimes

Last modified:  April 4, 2016



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