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Copyright Law in Practice

Copyright Law in Practice - Professor Lydia Loren

  • Course Number: LAW-337
  • Course Type: Foundational & Experiential
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: 15
  • Description: In this course students will complete a series of five simulations drawn from the experience of intellectual property practitioners. Copyright Law is a prerequisite for this course. Each simulation will last for two to three weeks (depending on the simulation) and will involve a different practicing attorney who will discuss the context for the simulation, a review of the relevant doctrine by the professor, and a collaboratively planned approach for each assignment. Assignments will require additional reading and research beyond the reading for the Copyright Law course. Some assignments will involve group work that will require coordination with classmates and meetings outside of class time. For each simulation assignment students will prepare a self-reflection. For some simulation assignments students will prepare a review of classmate’s assignments. A debriefing of the assignments will also be conducted by the practitioner for most assignments. Planned projects may include such tasks as filing a copyright registration; drafting cease and desist letters; drafting responses to cease and desist letters; reviewing, negotiating and revising music industry contracts; conducting a fair use analysis and preparing a written summary of that analysis; and engaging in a documentary film review. The goal of this course is to provide students with a simulation-based window into the day-to-day practice of a lawyer specializing in copyright law, familiarize students with the typical resources employed by practitioners to complete common copyright-related projects, and help students gain confidence in demonstrating the skills needed to be a successful IP lawyer.

    Feedback: Combination of self-reflection, peer assessment, practitioner feedback and professor feedback.

  • Prerequisite: Copyright Law
  • Evaluation Method: Class participation, group work assessment, and final work-product submitted for each assignment.
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no