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Copyright explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed.

Topics: Architecture, Film, Photography, Literature, Law, General Music


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This is an archived version of an experimental limited enrollment course Copyright that commenced on January 28, 2013, and lasted for 12 weeks. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion without interacting with other students or the teaching staff. Certain features of this course such as the discussion forum are not active, but you can watch the videos and study the reading materials. The course explores in depth the law, theory, and practice of copyright. Approximately two thirds of the course focus on the copyright system of the United States; the remainder is devoted to the laws pertaining to copyright and "neighboring rights" in other countries. Considerable attention is devoted to the relationship between copyright law and creative expression in a variety of fields: literature; music; film; photography; graphic art; software; comedy; fashion; and architecture.


  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructor: William Fisher III
  • Institution: EdX
  • Topics: Architecture, Film, Photography, Literature, Law, General Music

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