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Textbooks
I. Introduction
II. Prerequisites for Protection
III. Works of Authorship
IV. Ownership, Duration, Transfers
V. Formalities
VI. Exclusive Rights
VII. Infringement
VIII. Defenses
IX. Preemption
X. Remedies
XI. International
XII. Summary

TEXTBOOKS

Craig Joyce, et al., Copyright Law (5th ed. 2001)
Craig Joyce, et al., Copyright Law: 2002 Supp., vols. I & II (5th ed. 2002)
Handouts in Class (Periodically)


I. INTRODUCTION

Text (1-3); Text-Related Bodies of Law (4-15) (skim); Text-History (15-28); Text-Thinking (58-70)


II. PREREQUISITES FOR PROTECTION

A. Fixation

Text (71-74); White-Smith v. Apollo (74-82); Midway v. Artic (82-90)

B. Originality

1. Basic Concept

Text (90-94); Alfred Bell v. Catalda (94-98); Atari v. Oman (98-107); Burrow-Giles v. Sarony (107-114); Bleistein v. Donaldson (114-121)

2. Idea/Expression Dichotomy

Baker v. Selden (121-127); CCC v. Maclean (127-136); Text (136-140)


III. WORKS OF AUTHORSHIP

A. Original Works of Authorship

1. Literary Works

Text (141-146); Text-Literary (146-147); Miller v. Universal (147-157); Apple v. Franklin (157-166); Final CONTU Report (166-171); Text (171-177)

2. Musical Works, Dramatic Works, Sound Recordings

Text-Musical (177-179); Text-Sound Recordings (207-211)

3. Pictorial, Graphical, and Sculptural Works

Text-Pictorial (180-181); Mazer v. Stein (181-186); Carol Barnhart v. Economy (186-200); Text (200-204)

4. Other Works

Text-Motion Pictures (204-207); Text-Architectural (211-217)

B. Derivative Works and Compilations

Text (224-226); Lee v. A.R.T. (226-239); Feist v. Rural (239-256); Matthew Bender v. HyperLaw (256-268); Text (268-270)


IV. OWNERSHIP, DURATION, TRANSFERS

A. Initial Ownership

Text (271-274); Community for Creative Non-Violence v. Reid (274-293); Childress v. Taylor (293-308); Text (308-310); New York Times v. Tasini (Supp. vol. 2: 889-914)

B. Duration and Renewal

Text (333-334); Text (341-347); Fred Fisher v. M. Witmark (351-355); Epoch v. Killiam (355-363); Text (364-366); Stewart v. Abend (366-375)

C. Transfers and termination

Text (310-314); Text (373-394); Burroughs v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (394-403); Text (403-407)


V. FORMALITIES

Text-Publication (407-412); Academy v. Creative House (412-425); Text-Notice (427-436); Charles Garnier v. Andin (436-450); Text-Deposit (452-478 (skim))


VI. EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS

A. Reproduction and Adaptation

Text-Intro (485-486); Text-Compulsory Licenses (492-496); Text-Reproduction (496-498); Text (510-512); Text (Supp. vol. 2: 1031-41); Text-Adaptation (518-520); Micro Star v. Formgen (520-531)

B. Public Distribution, Performance, Display

Text (531-535); Hotaling v. Church of Jesus Christ (535-543); Text (Supp. vol. 2: 1041-47); Text (554-558); Columbia Pictures v. Aveco (558-568); Text (568-578); National Football League v. McBee (578-588); Text (593-596); Ringgold v. Black Entertainment Television (596-604)

C. Moral and Other Rights

Text-Digital Challenge (49-58); Text (Supp. vol. 2: 1049-50, 1060-80); Universal City v. Reimerdes (Supp. vol. 2: 1080-1106); Text (625-626); Text (637-639); Martin v. City of Indianapolis (639-651)


VII. INFRINGEMENT

A. Direct Infringement

Text (690-692); Bright Tunes Music v. Harrisongs (692-700); Ty v. GMA (700-706); Text (706-715); Nichols v. Universal (715-720); Peter Pan Fabrics v. Martin Weiner (720-725); Laureyssens v. Idea Group (725-736); Steinberg v. Columbia Pictures (736-747); Computer Associates v. Altai (747-770); Text (770-778)

B. Contributory and Vicarious Infringement

Fonovisa v. Cherry Auction (778-785); Text (785-790); Sony v. Universal City Studios (handout); A&M Records v. Napster (Supp. vol. 2: 863-80)


VIII. DEFENSES

A. Fair Use

1. Speech and Parody

Text (807-809); Text (822-824); Text (824-825); Harper & Row v. Nation (825-838); Campbell v. Acuff-Rose (838-855)

2. Passive Uses

Sony v. Universal City Studios (handout); American Geophysical Union v. Texaco (872-882); Princeton University Press v. Michigan Documents (882-893)

3. New Technology

Text (855-856); Sega v. Accolade (856-871)

B. Other Defenses

Text (907-908); Alcatel v. DGI Technologies (908-912); Text (912-916)


IX. PREEMPTION

Text (964-966); Text (974-979); International News Service v. Associated Press (979-988); Katz, Dochterman v. Home Box Office (988-1000); ProCD v. Zeidenberg (1000-1013)


X. REMEDIES

Text (917-922); Text (934-936); Mary Ellen Enterp. v. Camex (936-942); Frank Music v. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer (942-949); Columbia Pictures v. Krypton (949-959); Text (959-964)


XI. INTERNATIONAL

Text (28-49); Subafilms v. MGM-Pathe Communications (790-799); Itar-Tass v. Russian Kurier (799-806)


XII. SUMMARY

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