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CopyrightX

CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered from January to May each year under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.  The course explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the law should be reformed. Through a combination of recorded lectures, assigned readings, weekly seminars, live interactive webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which the copyright system seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.

Three types of courses make up the CopyrightX Community:

 

  • a residential course on Copyright Law, taught by Prof. William Fisher to approximately 100 Harvard Law School students;
  • an online course divided into sections of 25 students, each section taught by a Harvard Teaching Fellow;
  • a set of affiliated courses based in countries other than the United States, each taught by an expert in copyright law.
     

Admission to the online sections is free and is open to anyone at least 13 years of age, but enrollment is limited.  For details concerning the application and admission processes for the 2015 online sections, see CopyrightX:Sections.  The criteria for admission to each of the affiliated courses are set by the course’s instructor.

 

The lectures, reading materials, maps, and recordings that have been developed for CopyrightX are also available for use by teachers and students in other settings. All of these materials are licensed under a Creative Commons License, the terms of which are available on the Permission page.

 

The CopyrightX community continues to grow. The map set forth below indicates (in green) the countries of residence of the students who have taken the online course and (in red) the countries in which the affiliated courses have been or are currently based.


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Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

Apply for a Spot in CopyrightX 2019

The application for the CopyrightX online sections will be open until December 7, 2018. More

Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017

Apply for a Spot in CopyrightX 2018

CopyrightX is a networked course that explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the… More

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

Apply for a spot in CopyrightX

CopyrightX is a networked course that explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the… More

Monday, Oct 19, 2015

Apply for a spot in CopyrightX 2016

CopyrightX is a networked course that explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the… More

Friday, Mar 6, 2015

Applications open for Advanced Copyright Practice, a new HLS Executive Education course

Faculty co-director William Fisher, together with five faculty, will teach Advanced Copyright Practice on May 7-9, 2015. The application deadline is April 15.

Update, April 14, 2015: this course has been indefinitely postponed. This intensive three-day executive education course is designed for lawyers who would like to deepen their… More

Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

Apply for a spot in CopyrightX 2015

The application for the 2015 CopyrightX online sections will run from Oct. 15 - Dec. 15. More

Friday, Dec 13, 2013

Application for CopyrightX 2014 is Open

The application for CopyrightX 2014, a twelve-week networked course taught by Professor William Fisher, is now open. It will close on December 23, 2013 at 1700 UTC. More

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

CopyrightX Applications Open on December 13

CopyrightX, a twelve-week networked course, will be offered for the second time in the Spring of 2014. The application process opens on December 13 and closes on December 23. More

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013

CopyrightX Comes to a Close

Initial Observations

With the results of students’ final exams now recorded, CopyrightX—Harvard Law School’s first course offering under the auspices of HarvardX, and HarvardX’s first limited… More


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Point of Contact

Kat Geddes

Fellow

Team

William Fisher

Director

Ellen Popko

Staff

Justin Reich

Faculty Associate