Prof. Jamar's Copyrights Course Home Page

HU Course No. 600-728

2003-2015 Steven D. Jamar

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Welcome to the homepage for Prof. Jamar's Copyrights course.

The syllabus and other course information and materials are available at

Required Books

Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth Gana Okediji, & Maureen A. O'Rourke, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (4th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2015). ISBN 978454852018

Most recent Statutory Supplement to the Cohen book

Website supported by the coursebook authors -- useful information, images, and links

Supplemental Materials posted online including:

Steven D. Jamar, Copyright Basics (2013)

Steven D. Jamar & Lateef Mtima, A Social Justice Perspective on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Ch. 6 in Megan Carpenter, ed., Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law (Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship Series 2012)

Jamar, Crafting Copyright Law to Encourage and Protect User-Generated Content in the Internet Social Networking Context, 19 Widener L.J. 843 (2010).

Assignments for the First Week

Introduction to the course - scope, teaching methods, grading

Listen to Sweet Little Sixteen, Surfin' USA, the Four Chord Song, and Pachelbel Rant

Overview of Copyright -- Read: Jamar, Copyright Basics (2013); Read: Cohen 3-5, 21-34; Read: Mtima & Jamar, Fulfilling the Copyright Social Justice Promise: Digitizing Textual Information (2010).

Fixation -- Cohen 49- (Williams (3d Cir. 1982)(pp. 54-56); Cartoon Network (2d Cir. 2008)(pp. 57-60)

Originality -- Cohen 61-72 (Burrow-Giles v. Sarony (1884)(Oscar Wilde photo); Bleistein (1903) (circus poster); Alfred Bell v. Catalda (2d Cir. 1951) (mezzotints)