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Copyright and the Arts
Spring 2001

Professor Rob Kasunic

Required Text: Copyright Law, Fifth Edition, Joyce, Patry, Leaffer, and Jaszi

Additional cases will be required and are available in the 2000 Cumulative Supplement or for free from other sources. Citations and URLs will be provided.

You will also need a copy of the 1976 Copyright Act. This is also included in the 2000 Supplement listed above. You may also have a copy in another IP supplement.

The complete text is available for purchase from the GPO at:
Copyright Law of the United States of America (Circular 92) is available for $14 from:

Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954

Stock number: 030-002-00195-1
Order Desk telephone: (202) 512-1800
Fax number: (202) 512-2250
Or online at: http://bookstore.gpo.gov (search for Circular 92)
Checks, Visa, MasterCard are accepted.

Reading Assignments and Class Participation: All students are expected to have read the assigned materials for each class and class participation will constitute ten percent of your final grade (in either direction). While volunteer participation will be encouraged, everyone will be required to participate.

Final Exam: The final exam will account for ninety percent of your final grade. The exam is open book, but you will have little time for reading. We will have a review and go over a practice exam question or two at the end of the semester.


1. Class overview and administrative matters. Introduction to intellectual property and the history of copyright.

2. Copyright in perspective: international, digital, and philosophical issues.
Pages 1-27 and 49-70.

3. The requirements of copyright: Fixation and Originality
White-Smith Music Publishing Co. v. Apollo Co.
Midway Manufacturing Co. Artic International
Alfred Bell & Co. v. Catalda Fine Arts, Inc (1951)
Pages 71-96

4. The requirements of copyright: Originality
Atari Games Corp. v. Oman. (1989)
Burrow-Giles Lithographic v. Sarony (1884)
Bleistein v. Donaldson Lithographic (1903)
Pages 98-118

5. The requirements of copyright: Idea/Expression Dichotomy and other considerations
Baker v. Selden (1880)
CCC Information Services, Inc. Maclean Hunter Market Reports, Inc. (1994)
Pages 121-138

6. The subject matter of copyright: works of authorship
Literary Works, including computer software
Miller v. Universal City Studios, Inc. (1981)
Apple Computer, Inc. v. Franklin Computer Corp. (1983)
Musical Works, Dramatic Works, and Pantomimes & Choreographic Works
Pages 141-180

7. The subject matter of copyright: works of authorship
Pictorial, Graphic, and Sculptural Works
Mazer v. Stein (1954)
Carol Barnhart, Inc. v. Economy Cover Corp.
and notes on useful articles and ornamental design
Motion Pictures and other audiovisual works
Sound Recordings
Architectural Works
Richmond Homes Management, Inc. v. Raintree, Inc. (1994)
Pages 180-222

8. Derivative works and compilations
Lee v. A.R.T. Company (1997)
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc. (1991)
Matther Bender & Co., Inc. and HyperLAW, Inc. v. West Publishing Co. (1999)
Database protection
Pages 224-271

9. Initial ownership of copyright: works made for hire and joint works
Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid (1989)
Childress v. Taylor (1991)
Pages 271-310

10. Transfer of Rights and recordation
Effects Associates, Inc. v. Cohen (1990)
Cohen v. Paramount Pictures Corp. (1988)
Pages 310 - 322

11. Duration, Renewal and Termination
Fred Fisher Music Co v. M. Witmark & Sons (1943)
Stewart v. Abend (1990)
Pages 333-372

12. Publication and formalities: notice, deposit, registration and the Copyright Office
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v, Creative House Promotions, Inc. (1991)
Pages 407-436, 452-458 and 460-461

13. Exclusive rights and their limitations
Overview and the reproduction right
Pages 485-517

14. Adaptation and distribution Right
Pages 518-545

15. Public performance and public display right
Pages 554-582 and 594-600

16. Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings and the Audio Home Recording Act
605-616 and A & M Records v. Napster

17. Technological Protections and Rights Management Systems
Pages 617-625, Universal City Studios v. Reimerdes, and RealNetworks, Inc. v. Streambox, Inc.

18. Copyright Infringement: Jurisdiction, procedural matters, sovereign immunity
Pages 653-661, 668-678, 680-690

19. Proving the Claim
Pages 690-715

20. Bouchat v. Baltimore Ravens, Inc.

21. Other infringement cases and contributory infringement
Pages 715-747 and Napster discussion.

22. The Fair Use Privilege
Pages 807-824

23. Fair Use, Free Speech, and Parody
Pages 825-854

24. Fair Use and technology
855-866, Sony v. Connectix and

25. Other affirmative defenses and Remedies
Pages 907-917 and 917-936

26. Monetary remedies and preemption
Pages 936-963

27. Related Bodies of State and Federal Law
Pages 1013-1042

28. Review and Practice Exam -- Practice Exam Question


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