December 23 Update: The regular application process for the 2014 version of CopyrightX is
now closed. We will select 500 participants from the persons who
applied on or prior to December 23, 2013. However, we are still
accepting applications for the Waitlist. Persons will be admitted from the Waitlist to fill positions that become available when some of the
persons accepted in the first round decide to drop the course.
CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course by Professor William Fisher, offered each spring under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The course explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.
The course will will run from January 27, 2014 to April 26, 2014, excepting the week of March 16. A final exam, which should take no more than 8 hours to complete, will be administered for a 96-hour period beginning on May 1.
Participation in this online component of CopyrightX is limited to 500 people, but anyone 13 years or older who has a reasonable command of the English language is welcome to apply for admission. No legal background is necessary.
When evaluating applications, we will look for manifestations of intelligence and commitment to completing the course. However, we will not privilege educational attainment or legal knowledge. Instead, we will strive to select a class that is diverse on multiple dimensions: country of residence; age; gender; occupation; and interests.
For more information about the course, please visit copyx.org. The application page, which contains instructions concerning submission of applications, is located here: brk.mn/applycx14