Class Unique: 28021
This course will focus on the basic elements of copyright law using primarily the entertainment and music business as a backdrop. A portion of the course will focus on the key provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act as they are relevant to determinations of copyright ownership, exclusive rights and duration, exceptions to exclusivity (fair use and compulsory licensing), termination of copyright transfers and copyright infringement and remedies. Provisions pertaining to the internet and internet service providers will also be examined (the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will be examined in this regard with a special focus on YouTube). The entertainment industry is rich with copyright-associated litigation and judicial opinions which have shaped copyright law. Decisions come down virtually weekly and new claims are regularly filed. The course will examine the most relevant of the court decisions as well as currently arising developments throughout the semester. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion and may be specifically assigned responsibility for certain materials. Students will also take an in-class final exam.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday, Thursday 2:15 - 3:30 pm TNH 3.124
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 5/12/16 1:30 pm 2.139

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Not Allowed


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