CC syllabus


January 16) What is Copyright?

January 23) From Shakespeare to the Constitution

Thomas Jefferson letter to Isaac McPherson

Lewis Hyde, “What is a Commons?”

Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture, ch. 6

January 28) The Public Domain

Golan v Holder, oral arguments [link is on the top left of the page]

Lessig, Free Culture, ch 13-14.

January 30) Fair Use

Cariou v Prince (2013)

video: YouTube Copyright School


February 4) From Vaudeville to Hollywood

Decherney, HCW, chs. 1-2

Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographing (1903) [advertisements]

February 6) From the Piano to the Pianola

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

Edward Samuels, from The Illustrated Story of Copyright

February 11) Home Video: From the VCR to Aereo

Decherney, HCW, ch. 4

James Grimmelmann, “Why Johnny Can’t Stream”

Decherney on Aereo and the Home

February 13) 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”

February 18) 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

February 20) Games and Virtual Worlds

Greg Lastowka, Virtual Justice, intro + ch 9

February 25) Fair Use Papers and Presentations

DUE by email: Fair Use Papers

February 27) Fair Use Presentations

March 11) Fair Use Presentations


March 13): Moral Rights

Decherney, HCW, ch. 3

Aalmuhammed v. Lee (2000)

March 18) Socialist Copyright, Indigenous Cultures, and Research Methods Day

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

        On Lego Bionicle

March 20) Fans, Collectors, and Scholars

Henry Jenkins, “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars”

D.T. Max, “The Injustice Collector”

Decherney on Star Trek, Mein Kampf and ‘Happy Birthday’

March 25) Guest Speaker: Gary Rosen on How © Shaped Popular Music in the US

March 27) Character Copyright, Franchises, and Rights of Publicity 

        Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate (2013)

        MGM v. Honda (1995)       

        Honda “Escape” Commercial

Jennifer Rothman, The Right of Publicity, excerpts.

April 1-3) No class – work on papers

April 8) Fashion, Tattoos, Comedy, Yoga, and Self-Regulating Communities

       Raustiala and Sprigman, “Knockoffs and Fashion Victims”

                                               & “Can you Copyright a Tattoo?”

April 10) Guest Speaker: Heidi Tandy

April 15) Open: Open Source, Open Access, Creative Commons, the Pirate Party, and Kopimism

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

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

              Aram Sinnreich on Kopimism

             Chuck Klosterman, “Steal this E-Book”

              Decherney, HCW, conclusion

                 DUE by email: BIBLIOGRAPHIES – email

April 17) Guest Speaker: Michael Gendler

Meet at the Law School. Room: Silverman 280  Enter the law school on 34thstreet(not Sansom) and come up the grand staircase.  The room is directly across from the top of the staircase. 

April 22) Papers and Projects (Rebecca, Stephanie, Olivia, Alekso)

April 24) Papers and Projects (Cayla, Marker, Ayden, Emily)

April 29) Papers and Projects (Holly, Yani, Monserrat, Isabel)

May 1) Papers and Projects (Caleb, Darıya, Amanda, Laura)

         all DUE by email