This course considers problems, practical and theoretical, that arise in the creation, marketing, and distribution of literary, artistic, musical, and computer related works. Attention centers on the law of copyright, but the course also considers related branches of law, especially the law of unfair competition.
Faculty comments: Professor Silbey: This course is about the intellectual property right known as a the copyright. Although an introductory class to intellectual property is not a prerequisite to this course, a basic understanding of how copyrights compare with patents, trade secrets and trademark as other forms of intellectual property will help analyze the law and policy we will be discussing over the semester. This course will focus on the historical development of copyright and how the law and its practice has evolved into the 21st century with the explosion of digital technology.
The course is taught in a question and answer method. Students are expected to have read the material and to be able to discuss it by answering questions and expand on the underlying rationale for the rules being learned and evaluated. Grades are based on a 3-hour in class exam. Professor Silbey reserves the right to include class participation in the student’s overall grade.
Intellectual Property Concentration Requirements
<<Course Updated: April 01, 2013>>