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In this course, Part 2 of a two-part series, students will explore the modern realities and debates of copyright and trademark laws, and then consider alternatives to intellectual property and the future of this exciting area of the law.
The focus of this two-part series is on learning some of the seminal legal cases in each area, while also considering the policy implications of the law as it stands.
No previous law experience is required. Join us as we explore the IP laws and policies that influence and shape our modern lives.
- An overview of and the theories underlying copyright and trademark laws
- How each of these laws work in practice
- The policy implications and alternatives to copyright and trademark laws (as well as IP law more generally)
Week 1: A User’s Guide to Copyright
Subject matter and limits on copyrightability; the standards for copyright, the idea-expression and functionality limitations.
Week 2: The Scope of Copyright
How Copyright infringement works — both direct and indirect infringement.
Week 3: Limits on Copyright Law
The fair use doctrine and other limits on the rights of copyright owners.
Week 4: User’s Guide to Trademarks
An introduction to trademarks, trademark subject matter, and the functionality limitation.
Week 5: The Scope of Trademarks
Trademark infringement and dilution.
Week 6: Limits on Trademarks and Policy
Trademark fair use and how trademark works in cyberspace.
Week 7: IP Reform
Future possibilities for reform and and alternative systems.
R. Polk Wagner
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