Copyright and Culture (London Summer 2016)

Prof. Peter Decherney

TIME: Tuesday/Thursday 2-4pm

PLACE: 45 Russell Square

FULFILLS: Gen Ed Sector IV (Humanities and Social Science) & English Major Sectors 1 (theory) and 6 (20thC)

REQUIRED TEXT: Decherney, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet


1) Active class participation and in-class presentations on fair use and your reserach project (30 points).

2) Weely Response Papers (30 points). Email a 250-word response to the week’s readings. Due by noon on Mondays.

3) A 3000-word research paper on an approved topic emailed as a PDF by midnight (in whatever time zone you are in) August 12. (40 points)



June 21) What is Copyright?

June 23) Shakespeare and Early Copyright History

ShakesThomas Jefferson letter to Isaac McPherson

Lewis Hyde, “What is a Commons?”

Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture, ch. 6

June 28) Fair Use and Fair Dealing

Cariou v Prince (2013)

David Cameron, Silicon Roundabout Speech

video: YouTube Copyright School

June 30) Moral Rights and Socialist Authors Rights

Amy Adler, “Against Moral Rights”

July 5) New Media and Piracy

Decherney 1, 2, 5

Adrian Johns, “The Great Oscillation Wars”

Burrow-Giles v. Sarony (1884) [Oscar Wilde]

Corey Doctorow, Guardian Op-Ed

Decherney, “Smart is the New Locked”

July 7) no class

July 12) Inns of Court tour (meet at Chancery Lane Underground Station)

July 14) Fans, Characters, and Publicity

Henry Jenkins, “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars”

D.C. Comics v. Towle

Lucasfilm v Ainsworth (summary)

July 19) Yoga, Tattoos, and Others Self-Regulating Communities [meet at National Theatre]

Raustiala and Sprigman, “Knockoffs and Fashion VIctims” & “Can you Copyright a Tattoo?”

Bikram Yoga v. Evolution Yoga

Fair Use Presentations

July 21) Openness

John Perry Barlow, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”

Decherney on Mein Kampf and ‘Happy Birthday’

UK Pirate Party Manifesto (2010)

On the Isle of Man’s Experiment