Aug 27) What is Copyright?

Sept 1) From Shakespeare to the Constitution

Thomas Jefferson letter to Isaac McPherson

Lewis Hyde, “What is a Commons?”

Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture, ch. 6

Sept 3) Fair Use

Cariou v Prince (2013)

video: YouTube Copyright School



Sept 8) From Vaudeville to Hollywood

Decherney, HCW, chs. 1-2

Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing (1903) [advertisements]

Sept 10) From the Piano to the Pianola

White-Smith Publishing v. Apollo (1908) [piano rolls]

Edward Samuels, from The Illustrated Story of Copyright

Sept 15) No Class – Rosh Hashanah

Sept 17) Home Video: From the VCR to Aereo

Decherney, HCW, ch. 4

James Grimmelmann, “Why Johnny Can’t Stream”

David Cameron, Silicon Roundabout Speech

Decherney on Aereo and the Home

Sept 22) Anticircumvention and the iPhone

Richard Stallman, “The Right to Read”

Jonathan Zittrain, intro, The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

Decherney, HCW, 201-221.

Decherney, “Smart is the New Locked”

Sept 24) No Class – Pope’s Visit

Sept 29) Notice/Take Down and YouTube

Fred von Lohmann, “Fair Use, Film, and the Advantages of Internet Distribution”

Decherney, HCW, 221-235.

Jeffrey Rosen on Google

Oct 1) No Class – traveling

Oct 6) Games and Virtual Worlds

Greg Lastowka, Virtual Justice, intro + ch 9

Oct 8) Fall Break

Oct 13) Fair Use Papers and Presentations: David, Courtney, Susanna, Ben

DUE by email: Fair Use Papers

Oct 15) Fair Use Papers and Presentations: Jessica, Katie, Josh, Raquel

Oct 20) Fair Use Papers and Presentations: Chloe, Roy, Alexandra



Oct 22): Moral Rights

Decherney, HCW, ch. 3

Aalmuhammed v. Lee (2000)

Oct 27) Socialist Copyright and Indigenous Cultures

William Alford, from To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense

Oct 29) Fans, Collectors, and Scholars

Henry Jenkins, “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars”

D.T. Max, “The Injustice Collector”

Decherney on Mein Kampf and ‘Happy Birthday’

Nov 3 & 5: Paper Conferences

Nov 10) Characters and Publicity

        Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate (2013)

        MGM v. Honda (1995)       

        Honda “Escape” Commercial

Nov 12) Fashion, Tattoos, and Other Self-Regulating Communities

       Raustiala and Sprigman, “Knockoffs and Fashion VIctims”

                                               & “Can you Copyright a Tattoo?”

Nov 17) Open Source, Open Access, and Creative Commons

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

Yochi Benkler, from The Wealth of Networks, ch. 3


Nov 19) The Pirate Party, Kopimism, and Netroots

        Aram Sinnreich on Kopimism

Chuck Klosterman, “Steal this E-Book”

        Decherney, HCW, conclusion

Nov 24) Formalities, Legalization, and More

       William Patry, form How to Fix Copyright

       Lewis Hyde, “How to Reform Copyright”

       On the Isle of Man’s Experiment

DUE by email: BIBLIOGRAPHIES – email

Nov 26) Thanksgiving Break

Dec 1) Papers and Projects: Chloe, Roy, Alix, Josh

Dec 3) Papers and Projects: Jessica, Katie, Ben, Susanna

Dec 8) Papers and Projects: David, Courtney, Raquel

    DUE by email: FINAL PAPERS