Intellectual Property

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Overview

Wednesday, 12:00-1:30pm
Format: Lecture, featuring guest respondents
Lead: William Fisher, featuring Charlie Nesson

Led by Terry Fisher, this pillar will begin with a brief history of key theories and issues related to intellectual property, with a focus on copyright, in the Internet space. By examining some of the hard problems and cases that have defined this field over the last decade, this session will explore some of the central questions that characterize current debates, including the wide spectrum of licensing options, the uncertainty about permissible uses associated with creative works, and the implications of cloud computing. Charlie Nesson will highlight questions regarding the public domain, free and fair use, and the need for digital copyright and public domain registries. This foundational pillar will lay the groundwork for two relevant use cases on User Innovation and Digital Libraries, Archives, and Rights Registries.

Required Readings

Overview / Introduction

Infringement and Damages

Intermediary Liability

  • 17 U.S.C. § 512, read §§ 512(c), (d), (f), and (g)
  • Viacom International Inc. v. YouTube, Inc. , (S.D.N.Y.), Civil Nos. 07-CV-2103 (LLS), 07-CV-3582 (LLS) (S.D.N.Y. June 23, 2010), read excerpts

Circumvention and Anti-Circumvention Provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Fair Use

Intellectual Property Theory

Recommended Readings

Related Case Examples

Digital Libraries, Archives, and Rights Registries
User Innovation
Cloud Computing

Related Videos


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  • William Fisher discusses pre-digital copyright law and the Fair Use doctrine.