Copyright

 

Fall 2023

 

Randal C. Picker

James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law

The Law School, The University of Chicago

 

Readings: Copyright Statute; Set 1;

Links: U.S. Copyright Office; U.S. Copyright Office laws page; Columbia and GWU Music Infringement Website

 

Learning Outcomes Include:

+ Be familiar with the general approaches to the study of law and legal reasoning.

+ Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.

+ Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of law and the contributions that other disciplines can make to the study of law.

 

Date

#

Topics/Issues

Cases/Materials

Pages

Statutes

Slides

W, 9/27

1

Introduction

Burrow-Giles, Bleistein, Thaler

1-16

101 (as necessary (but include copies, created, fixed, literary work, pictorial, graphic and sculptural works)), 102, 106, 201, 202

Slides

Th, 9/28

2

Copying and Use

White-Smith, Bright Tunes, Rogers

17-36

106, 501, 504

Slides

M, 10/2

3

Ideas v. Expression

Baker, Rentmeester

37-52

102

Slides

W, 10/4

4

Facts and Compilations

Feist, Experian

53-70

101: collective work, compilation, 103

Slides

Th, 10/5

5

Authorship and Ownership

Thomson, Lee

63-88

101: joint work, transfer of ownership, work made for hire; 201, 204(a)

Slides

M, 10/9

6

Cont; Termination

Reid, Miller

89-110

203

Slides

W, 10/11

7

Characters

Gaiman, DC Comics

111-134

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Slides

Th, 10/12

8

Functional Works: Useful Articles

Mazer, Varsity Brands

135-162

101: pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works

Slides

M, 10/16

9

Functional Works: Computer Software

Lotus, Oracle

163-192

102, 117

Slides

W, 10/18

10

Rights: Derivative Works

Lee, Ty, ABS Entertainment

193-216

106(2), 301

Slides

Th, 10/19

11

Rights: Distribution and First-Sale Doctrine

Bobbs-Merrill, Kirtsaeng

217-240

106(3), 109, 602

Slides

M, 10/23

12

The Public Domain: Duration and Renewal

Eldred

241-260

302, 303

Slides

W, 10/25

13

The Public Domain: Governmental Works

Public Resource

261-278

105

Slides

Th, 10/26

14

Fair Use

Campbell, Bill Graham Archives

279-298

107

Slides

M, 10/30

15

Fair Use

Oracle

299-322

107

Slides

W, 11/1

16

Fair Use

Warhol

323-362

107

Slides

Th, 11/2

17

Capturing TV Signals: Third-Party Liability; Performance Rights

Sony, Aereo

363-394

106(4)

Slides

[M, 11/6, 12:15]

18

Music: Scope of Rights

Williams

395-414

106(6),

Slides

[M, 11/6, 2:30]

19

Music: Sampling

Newton, Ciccone

415-436

114, 115

Slides

W, 11/8

20

Video Games

Sega, Blizzard

437-464

1201, 1202

Slides

M, 11/13

21

Internet Copying

Perfect 10, Hunley

465-490

106(3), 106(4), 106(5)

Slides

W, 11/15

22

User-Generated Content

Lenz, BMG

491-508

512

Slides

Th, 11/16

23

New Tech: Who Controls Innovation?

VidAngel, ReDigi

509-524

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Slides

M, 11/27

24

Enforcement and Damages

Bouchat, Capitol Records

525-540

501-505

Slides

W, 11/29

25

Moral Rights; Droit de Suite

Kelley, Close

541-566

106A

Slides

Th, 11/30

26

AI and Copyright

Selected Readings

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Slides

M, 12/4

27

Review

All Slides

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