Law 278.3: COPYRIGHT

Professor Pamela Samuelson 
University of California, Berkeley 
Spring 1998  Boalt Hall

pam@sims.berkeley.edu 
688 Simon Hall 
305B South Hall 
(510) 642-6775 phone 
Office Hours in 688 Simon: 10-12 Mondays;  3-4:30 Tuesdays; other by appointment


SYLLABUS

The principal text for this course is the third edition of the Joyce, Patry, Leaffer, & Jaszi casebook on copyright law and its supplement.  Some additional readings will be available in a photocopied supplement.  Assignments from the photocopied materials are listed below by name; numbers below are pages in the casebook or supplement ("S" designating those from the printed supplement).  Because it is generally apparent which statutory provisions are of importance for each day's assignment, I have not listed statutory assignments separately.  You will, however, be expected to be prepared about the relevant provisions as well.  As you will soon discover, copyright is very much a statutory law course.

T= Textbook
S=Supplement
R=Reader

I. COPYRIGHT AND ITS CORE CONCEPTS

Week 1
(1/21)  Overview of copyright law and history.  How copyright compares and differs from other intellectual property and unfair competition laws.  T1-35, S539-41

Week 2
(1/26)  Fixation and originality   T41-79
(1/28)  More on originality and the idea/expression distinction.    Handout, T79-107

II. CLASSES OF COPYRIGHTED WORKS
 
Week 3
(2/2)  Copyright classifications and why computer programs are troublesome for copyright. T111-51
(2/4)  Sculptures or useful articles?;   Mazer, other copyright categories.   T160-92

Week 4
(2/9)  Compilations and derivative works  T192-238

III. OWNERSHIP, TRANSFER, AND FORMALITY ISSUES

(2/11)  Works for hire     T251-272, S549-71

Week 5
(2/18)  Joint authorship and transfers of rights T273-309

Week 6
(2/23)  Duration and renewal    T313-357
(2/25)  Terminations of transfers   T357-95

Week 7
(3/2)  Copyright formalities:  publication & notice  T399-442; S575-80
(3/4)  More on notice, plus deposit &  registration  S580-99, T442-76

IV. EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS AND THEIR LIMITATIONS

Week 8
(3/9)  Reproduction and adaptation   T481-503, 517-31, S604-14
(3/11)  Public distribution    T531-549, S615-29

Week 9
(3/16)  Public performance and display  T549-610
(3/18)  Moral rights     T610-639;  S631-43

V. INFRINGEMENT STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES

Week 10
(3/30)  Procedural issues    T655-692
( 4/1)  Tests for infringement    T710-752

Week 11
(4/6)  Infringement in computer program cases  T752-775, S661-89
(4/8)  Contributory infringement and Sony fair use for home taping.  Sony Case in Reader.
 
Week 12
(4/13)  Fair use for research and education.   S691-733
(4/15)  Fair use for news reporting or critical commentary.  T838-876
 
Week 13
(4/20)  Fair use of computer programs.  T824-838, Galoob Case in Reader
(4/22)  Preemption of state law.   T929-68;  S741-51

4/24-25 UCC2B/intellectual property conference

Week 14
(4/27)  Remedies for infringement   885-929, Fogarty Case in Reader

VI. INTERNATIONAL ISSUES AND THE FUTURE OF COPYRIGHT

(4/29)  Overview of international issues;  T981-1018,  Potential impact of TRIPS, Nimmer Article in Reader

Week 15
(5/4)  Conflicts of laws and extraterritorial activities. S753-64, Ginsburg Article in Reader
(5/5)  WIPO Copyright treaties and the U.S. digital agenda;  S461-518,  Big Media Beaten Back article in Reader


Portions of Professor Samuelson's Cyberlaw Course Related to Copyright Law

Class 3 Copyright Issues In CyberSpace (Part I):  Of Temporary Copies, Digital Transmissions, and Fair Uses
Class 8 Copyright Issues In CyberSpace (Part II): Rights Management Information and Technical Protection Systems

Listserves Addressing Copyright Issues

CNI-COPYRIGHT is a forum for discussion of copyright issues and is a good list to watch for debates on hot topics. To subscribe, send a note to LISTPROC@CNI.ORG with the following content: SUBSCRIBE CNI-COPYRIGHT
Archives are available at gopher://gopher.cni.org:70/11/ cniftp/forums/cni-copyright/
 
CYBERIA-L@listserv.aol.com (The Law and Policy of Computer Communications) Send the following message to listserv@listserv.aol.com: subscribe cyberia-l <Your Name>

Events and Conferences

Eighth Annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference
February 18-20. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Austin, Texas.  Special student rate of $225 available.

 
Berkeley's Conference on Article 2B of the UCC

April 23-25, 1998, at Andersen Auditorium, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley campus. Sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technolgy and the American Law Institute.
 

Some News Sources

CyberNews

Today's Intellectual Property News, Findlaw

San Jose Mercury Center

Hot Docs from Counsel Connect and Cal Law - Intellectual Property

Law of the Internet by Law Journal Extra