Course Description

601:678. COPYRIGHT LAW (3)

Goodman, McNichol, Wilf

This is a general course in U.S. copyright law, the federal law which recognizes and protects authorial and artistic property. Among other topics, we will explore the history of copyright, the evolution of its subject matter (e.g. literature, visual art, music and computer software); infringement; fair use; remedies; and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Students will study the text of Title 17 in depth but will also be encouraged to form and articulate their own viewpoints about contemporary policy.  Special emphasis will be placed on the business models and legal conflicts created by new and popular technologies of information production, selection and distribution.