CopyrightX 2013

Prof. William Fisher

Harvard Law School

CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked distance-learning course, offered under the auspices of HarvardX and the EdX initiative. 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 (by Prof. Fisher), live webcasts, and weekly online seminars (led by Harvard Law School teaching fellows), participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression. Admission to the course is free and is open to anyone over the age of 13, but enrollment is limited.

The 2013 version of the course is now complete. The next version of the course will start in January of 2014. The homepage for the 2014 version is

Some press coverage of the 2013 version is available here. A document summarizing our own assessment of the 2013 version -- and our tentative plans for modifying and expanding the course in 2014 -- is available here.

The materials used in the 2013 version of the course can be obtained by following these links:

All of these materials are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 2.5 License, the terms of which are available here.

The materials are modular; feel free to watch or use them in any combination and in any order. However, you might find it useful to peruse the materials in the sequence in which they were presented in the 2013 CopyrightX course itself. Half of the course participants pursued a "Case-law Curriculum"; the other half pursued a "Global Curriculum." As their names suggest, the former emphasized judicial opinions, primarily from the United States, while the latter emphasized copyright law in jurisdictions other than the United States.

These materials could be used to construct a self-study distance-learning course. Alternatively, they could be used by a group of people interested in studying copyright together. If you organize such a group, we ask that you contact us, both at the start and at the conclusion of your venture, to let us know how it worked. Such information would help us in designing future online courses.

--The CopyrightX Team

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Last modified: October 15, 2013