This course will provide a basic overview of copyright law, the legal regime governing rights in original works of authorship (books, music, movies, photographs, software, etc’). The major focus will be the Copyright Act and the core issues of copyrightable subject matter, prerequisites for protection, ownership and transfer, the bundle of rights conferred, what constitutes infringement, defenses, and available remedies. We will briefly touch on fundamental issues in the philosophy and economics of copyright law, international copyright law, and digital copyrights.
Students will be given a take-home exam on the last day of class. Students will be expected to upload their answer document to EXPO by the deadline (to be announced by the instructor), which will be no later than two weeks after the last class session.
*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.