HLS Syllabus 2017

Week 1

Lecture 1: The Foundations of Copyright Law

Discussion (January 23): Originality

Discussion (January 24): The Idea/Expression Distinction

Week 2

Lecture 2: Fairness and Personality Theories

Discussion (January 30): Labor v. Personhood

Discussion (January 31):  Nonfiction

Week 3

Lecture 3: The Subject Matter of Copyright

Discussion (February 6): Characters and Useful Articles

Discussion (February 7): Software

Week 4

Lecture 4: Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 13): Applications of Welfare Theory

Discussion (February 14): Alternatives to Copyright

Week 5

Lecture 5: Authorship

Discussion (February 20): Multiple Authors

Discussion (February 21): Works for Hire

Week 6

Lecture 6: The Mechanics of Copyright

Discussion (February 27): Copyright and Parentalism

Discussion (February 28): The Boundary between Copyright and the Public Domain

Special Event (March 1): Business Strategy and Law Reform

Week 7

Lecture 7: The Rights to Reproduce and Modify

Discussion (March 6): “Probative Similarity” and “Substantial Similarity”

Discussion (March 7): Derivative Works

Week 8

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

Discussion (March 20): Distribution and First Sale

Discussion (March 21): Performances and Displays

Week 9

Lecture 9: Fair Use and Misuse

Discussion (March 27): Fair Use, Part 1

Discussion (March 28): Fair Use, Part 2

Week 10

Lecture 10: Cultural Theory

Discussion (April 3): Moral Rights in the United States

Discussion (April 4): Traditional Knowledge

Week 11

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

Discussion (April 10): Secondary Liability

Discussion (April 11): Technological Protection Measures

Week 12

Lecture 12: Remedies

Discussion (April 17): Damages

Discussion (April 18): Injunctions and Crimes

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