Copyright Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 31/64
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1540-1740
  • SL298
01/23/2023 04/24/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of copyright law, the legal regime that governs rights in original and expressive works of authorship (such as books, music, movies, photographs, software, dance, sculptures, paintings, etc’). The major focus will be the Copyright Act and the core issues of copyrightable subject matter; prerequisites for protection; authorship, ownership and transfer of rights; duration; formalities; the bundle of exclusive rights conferred; copyright litigation and what constitutes infringement; fair use and other defenses; and available remedies. We will also discuss the basic philosophical and economic theories motivating copyright law and the way copyright law has adapted to the digital age.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Students should not take this course if they have taken IP Survey Law (Law 7044) AND one of the following: Trademark Law (Law 7047) or Patent Law (Law 8010) or Trade Secrets Law (Law 7200)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM