University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2016

Course Description
After decades as a small and highly specialized field, copyright is now at the forefront of legal discussion. Both scholars and the general public discuss how to find the appropriate balance between authors' desires for full property protection and the public's need for ample access to intellectual work product. People wonder what to do to "get" copyright protection their paintings, mash-ups, and computer programs; how long their protection lasts; and whether they can change their minds about a bad decision to transfer their copyright interests. They wonder what it takes to be deemed a copyright infringer, particularly as they download music, and if there are any defenses on which they can rely. This course will address the legal protection provided under the Copyright Act of 1976 (and subsequent amendments) for artistic, musical and literary works (including computer programs). Topics will include copyrightability (what kinds of works are protected by copyright and what kinds are excluded); ownership and disposition of copyrights; infringement of the various rights in the copyright bundle (rights, inter alia, of reproduction, adaptation, public performance, public display); and fair use. Among other things, the course will attend to the application of copyright principles in the online environment. We will concern ourselves primarily with U.S. copyright law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-17-2016 - 11-29-2016   MW  11:00 AM-12:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Final Exam
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Entertainment, Music, & Sports - Basic
Intellectual Property - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2289
Office: G471