Advanced Topics in Copyright

Professor: Nimmer
Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Copyright is a pre-requisite; for LL.M. students, this pre-requisite may be waived by permission of the instructor.

The class will work through 4-5 topics, based on actual cases, exposing the students to a panoply of copyright issues, elements, defenses, and strategies. Examples may include
' the complaint against Mrs. Seinfeld for infringing on a cookbook of recipes designed to entice children to eat vegetables;
' termination of transfer in the hit album from 25 years ago, Blondie's Parallel Lines;
' copyright renewal vs. lapsing into the public domain, as exemplified by a classic film, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed;
' A Japanese car commercial's unauthorized tribute to James Bond in advertising their new not-so-luxury sedan, and appeal of the district court's preliminary injunction against airing that commercial.
But the program is subject to change without notice, so all of copyright law's twists and turns are on the table and liable to be dissected!
Grades will be based on a 10-page paper and class participation. Enrollment is limited to 24 students.

Professor: Frischmann
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: Copyright (LL.M. students can take Copyright as co-requisite)

This seminar involves three components: (1) exploration of the theoretical foundations of copyright law; (2) exploration of modern challenges for copyright law, including, for example, the Google Books controversy, music/video sampling, competing licensing platforms; and (3) student presentation of seminar papers.

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Course Meeting

Section Teacher Campus Term Bldg, Rm Days Times
43826 David Nimmer Brookdale Feb 21 to Mar 3, 2014 CSL, 211 MF 9:00 AM to 10:50 AM
43826 David Nimmer Brookdale Feb 21 to Mar 3, 2014 CSL, 211 10:00 AM to 2:40 PM
43826 David Nimmer Brookdale Feb 21 to Mar 3, 2014 CSL, 211 R 6:00 PM to 7:10 PM