Expected skill levels

Copyright law

At this point in the course you should be able to analyze a factual situation involving multiple authors and multiple potential infringers and:

1. Develop arguments for either side on whether each author owns a copyright, considering the originality and fixation requirements;

2. Develop arguments on which type of work or works is involved;

3. Develop arguments for either side as to whether each potential infringer has committed prima facie infringement with respect to each section 106 right;

4. Develop arguments for either side as to whether any of the instances of prima facie infringement is privileged by the Fair Use Doctrine.

After we complete the material on concurrent interests, you should be able to analyze a a factual situation involving multiple authors and multiple potential infringers and:

5. Develop arguments as to whether or not a joint work has been created;

6. Develop arguments as to what other kinds of copyright interests exist if no joint work has been created;

7. Develop arguments as to the rights, powers, and privileges existing between or among the joint copyright owners

After we complete the material on recording and registration, you should be able to analyze a a factual situation involving multiple authors and multiple potential infringers and:

8. Develop arguments as to whether the registration requirements of the Copyright Act have been met and as to the legal implications if they have or have not

9. Develop policy- and economic-based arguments to resolve statutory interpretation disputes one way or another.