Copyright History Seminar
Typically offered every other year
The course materials will include excerpts from law reviews and books on the subject, and reported cases from England and the United States during the period. Unlike other courses, much of the material will also be taken from primary sources which have never been published before. The course will make use of the instructor’s vast database of original manuscript records from England which he has collected in the last three years during visits to the National Archives in London. The course will also have a multimedia aspect to it. Students will be shown, in class, actual images of the original parchment documents that we are studying.
Any student who has an interest in intellectual property, copyright, legal history, or remedies should find the seminar intellectually stimulating and useful.
The seminar will be evaluated either by an exam or by a 30 - 40 page paper that will qualify for the Capstone requirement. The paper must be on either a legal history topic, or an intellectual property topic, but it need not be on copyright history per se. The decision to sit for an exam or write a paper must be made by the student by the second week of class.
Meets the Capstone writing requirement