Copyright Law

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/25
Credits: 3

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:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

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

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Students should not take this couse if they have taken IP Survey Law (Law 7044) AND one of the following: Trademark Law (Law 7047) or Patent Law (Law 8010)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date.

Graduation Requirements

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

*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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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