Copyright Law
Introduction to Copyright Law: Law 623
     Peter W. Martin

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Topic 1 - Overview

Topic 2 - What types of intellectual product or creative activity are covered (and not covered)?

Topic 3 - What must be done to establish and optimize entitlement?

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    • Hemingway's Estate v. Random House, Inc., 23 N.Y.2d 341 (1968)
    • Estate of Martin Luther King v. CBS Inc., 194 F.3d 1211 (11th Cir. 1999)
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v. Creative House Promotions, Inc., 944 F.2d 1446 (9th Cir. 1991)
    • Hasbro Bradley, Inc. v. Sparkle Toys, Inc., 780 F.2d 189 (2d Cir. 1985)
    • Batjac Productions Inc. v. GoodTimes Home Video Corp., 160 F.3d 1223 (9th Cir. 1998)
    • Morris v. Business Concepts, Inc., 259 F.3d 65 (2d Cir. 2001)
    • Morris v. Business Concepts, Inc., 283 F.3d 502 (2d Cir. 2002)

Topic 4 - Whose entitlement is it?

Topic 5 - Content of Entitlement - Duration

Topic 6 - What activities by others are actionable infringement on the entitlement?

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    • MAI Systems Corp. v. Peak Computer, Inc., 991 F.2d 511 (9th Cir. 1993)
    • Quality King Distributors, Inc. v. L’anza Research International, Inc., 523 U.S. 135 (1998)
    • Lee v. A.R.T. Co.,  125 F.3d 580 (7th Cir. 1997)
    • Leicester v. Warner Brothers, 232 F.3d 1212 (9th Cir. 2000)
    • Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. v. Redd Horne, Inc., 749 F.2d 154 (3d Cir. 1984)
    • Cass County Music Co. v. Muedini, 55 F.3d 263 (7th Cir. 1995)
    • N.F.L. v. Primetime 24 Joint Venture, 211 F.3d 10 (2d Cir. 2000)
    • Sony Corporation of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)
    • Religious Technology Center v. Netcom On-Line Communication Services, Inc., 907 F. Supp. 1361 (N.D. Cal. 1995)
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6994 (C.D. Cal. 2003)
    • R.I.A.A. v. Diamond Multimedia, 180 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 1999)

Topic 7 - Content of Entitlement - Fair use and other important exceptions

Topic 8 - Copyright litigation - Proving infringement (or a defense)

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    • Miller v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 650 F.2d 1365 (5th Cir. 1981)
    • Nihon Keizai Shinbun, Inc. v. Comline Bus. Data, Inc., 166 F.3d 65 (2d Cir. 1999)
    • Castle Rock Entertainment, Inc. v. Carol Publ'g Group, 150 F.3d 132 (2d Cir. 1998)
    • Steinberg v. Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., 663 F. Supp. 706 (S.D.N.Y. 1987)
    • Wildlife Express Corp. v. Carol Wright Sales, Inc., 18 F.3d 502 (7th Cir. 1994)
    • Lotus Development Corp. v. Borland Int'l Inc., 49 F.3d 807 (1st Cir. 1995)
    • The Yankee Candle Co. v. The Bridgewater Candle Co., 259 F.3d 25 (1st Cir. 2001)
    • Selle v. Gibb, 741 F.2d 896 (7th Cir. 1984)

Topic 9 - Copyright litigation - Jurisdiction and remedies

Topic 10 - Federalism questions

Topic 11 - International dimensions

 

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