copyright law

Prof. Peter K. Yu

Texas A&M University School of Law

Fall 2017


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Class Meeting Schedule

Due to the change of instructor, a number of classes will have to be rescheduled. Based on responses from students who have enrolled in the class as of July 27 and after consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the rescheduled classes will be held during the regular make-up slot on Tuesdays from noon to 1:20 p.m. To make up for the 10-minute shortage per rescheduled class, an additional 80-minute session will be scheduled in the make-up slot. The full class meeting schedule is as follows:

August: 22, 24, and 29 (noon and 3:10 p.m.)

September: 12 (noon and 3:10 p.m.), 14, 19 (noon and 3:10 p.m.), 21, 25, 26 (noon and 3:10 p.m.), and 28

October: 3 (noon and 3:10 p.m.), 5, 17 (noon and 3:10 p.m.)

November: 2, 7, 9, 14, and 16

Classes that have been rescheduled are as follows: August 31; Sept. 5 and 7; Oct. 24, 26, and 31

Reading Assignments

Class 1 (8/22): Fixation and Originality

Class 2 (8/24): Fixation and Originality (Cont’d); The Idea/Expression Dichotomy

  • Casebook 72–79; 90–104

Class 3 (8/29 noon): Derivative Works and Compilations

  • Casebook 109–13; 121–32

Class 4 (8/29 3:10 p.m.): Authorship

  • Casebook 137–53; 160–67

Note: There will be no classes on 8/31, 9/5 and 9/7 (Rescheduled).

Class 5 (9/12 noon): Useful Articles

  • Casebook 177–92

  • Star Athletica, L.L.C. v. Varsity Brands, Inc., 137 S. Ct. 1002 (2017) (Read the Majority Opinion Only)

Class 6 (9/12 3:10 p.m.): Computer Software

  • Casebook 206–29

Class 7 (9/14): The Reproduction Right

  • Casebook 247–70

Class 8 (9/19 noon): The Reproduction Right (Cont’d); The Derivative Work Right

  • Casebook 270–77; 308–33

Class 9 (9/19 3:10 p.m.): The Distribution Right

  • Casebook 345–60; 364–77

Class 10 (9/21): Communication to the Public by Performance or Display

  • Casebook 377–94; 396–406

Class 11 (9/25): IP Aggie Forum

Attend one session of the IP Aggie Forum (Monday, September 25) or, in the alternative, one session of the Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable (Friday-Saturday, October 13–14)

Class 12 (9/26 noon): Copyright in Musical Works and Sound Recordings

Class 13 (9/26 3:10 p.m.): Moral Rights

Class 14 (9/28): Copyright Infringement

  • Casebook 483–90; 492–509

Class 15 (10/3 noon): Device Manufacturers and Liability for Inducement

Class 16 (10/3 3:10 p.m.): Fair Use

  • Casebook 563–86; 602–09

Class 17 (10/5): Fair Use (Cont’d)

  • Casebook 622–45

Note: There will be no classes on 10/10 and 10/12 (Fall Break).

Class 18 (10/17 noon): Guest Speaker

Prof. Doris Estelle Long, John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Class 19 (10/17 3:10 p.m.): Formalities and Duration

  • Casebook 651–82

Class 20 (10/19): Copyright and Mass Digitization

Note: There will be no classes on 10/24, 10/26, and 10/31 (Rescheduled).

Class 21 (11/2): Renewals and Terminations of Transfers

  • Handout

  • Casebook 686–99

Class 22 (11/7): Modes of Transfer

  • Casebook 705–31

Class 23 (11/9): Technological Protections

Class 24 (11/14): TBA

Class 25 (11/16): Statutory Overview and Review Session

Syllabus (Fall 2016)

Syllabus (Fall 2015)

 
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