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JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

Advanced Copyright: Digital Technologies

This advanced copyright course will explore the legal and policy issues arising from the application of copyright law to the digital, networked environment. Topics include an examination of the evolution and application of the Copyright Act and traditional copyright doctrines in an environment of rapidly changing technology. The course will give particular attention to the application of the reproduction, distribution, public performance and derivative work rights in a digital world, doctrines of direct infringement and secondary liability as applied to the Internet, and fair use, first sale and other defenses to infringement. It will examine in detail the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and both its legal framework for the protection of technological protection measures and the section 512 Internet Service Provider safe harbor provisions. Exploration of these and other issues will include detailed discussion of current legislative and related policy issues, major recent and ongoing litigation in these areas, and new and emerging issues in the music, movie and interactive gaming sectors.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

Prerequisite Information

Copyright Law ( Law 322) or Intellectual Property (Law 270)


Troy D. Dow
Advanced Copyright: Digital Technologies 720.01
Spring 2015

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