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Copyright - Fall 2008

Fall term, Block G
M,T,W 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Professor William W. Fisher
4 classroom credits LAW-33800A

This course will explore copyright law in depth. Approximately two thirds of the class time and readings will be devoted to the American copyright system; the remainder will be devoted to the major relevant multilateral treaties and to the laws pertaining to copyright and "neighboring rights" in other countries. Substantial attention will be paid to the efforts by philosophers and economists to justify, reform, or abolish the copyright system. Students will be expected to participate via e-mail in a discussion of the issues raised by the course. Materials will consist of Cohen et al., Copyright in a Global Information Economy, and a set of ancillary readings available through the course homepage.