University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2014

Course Description
Attendance is mandatory at all sessions

The class will work through 4-5 topics, based on actual cases, exposing the students to panoply of copyright issues, elements, defenses, and strategies. Examples may include: termination of transfer in the hit album from 25 years ago, Blondie's Parallel Lines; division of rights in David Belasco's classic play, Madame Butterfly , and how the Second Circuit juxtaposed Giacomo Puccini's unparalleled opera against Paramount Pictures' movie version (sans "Un bel di," or any other bel canto, for that matter); unauthorized use of Rob Zombie's music in a Mazda commercial, causing his fan base to turn against their formal idol as a "sell out"; The Rubinoos, a one-hit wonder from the 1970s with "Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," who were none too amused to hear Avril Lavigne's lyrics "I don't like your girlfriend" in 2007; plus negotiating practical issues out of forming your own rock band and how the iTunes royalties gets divided between record label and the recording artist.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 04-07-2014 - 04-13-2014  

Dates Day Time Room
04-07-2014 - 04-10-2014   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F209
04-11-2014 - 04-11-2014   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F209
04-13-2014 - 04-13-2014   U  10:00 AM-2:00 PM F209

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite: Students must have previously taken a copyright class
Method of Evaluation: 10 page paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Intellectual Property - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None

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