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Introduction to Copyright Law in America


Introduction to Copyright Law in America

Introduction to Copyright Law in America

Learn about copyright law and its applications.


Students: 1,338
Course Description

With the wide-spread use of the Internet copyright has become a very important issue for publishers of books, music, software, films, television programmes and many other industries. This free online course is an introduction to copyright law as practised in the United States, however, the principles and concepts will be of interest to legal professionals in other jurisdictions.
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The course reviews the structure of copyright under federal law, the basics of legal research and legal citations. It examines copyright and its applications in the music and broadcasting industries, and looks at legal cases involving examples such as Napster, Grokster and peer-to-peer file sharing services. It also reviews software licensing, and the General Public License and free software. This course will be of great interest to legal and business professionals who would like to learn more about copyright law and how it is practised in the United States, and to students who are pursuing a career in the legal professions and would like to learn more about this very important legal topic.

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Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes: - Understanding the structure of federal law; basics of legal research;
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legal citations; - How to use LexisNexis®; the 1976 Copyright Act; - Understanding copyright as applied to music, computers, broadcasting, and education; - Software licensing; the GNU® General Public License and free software;
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Module Title
Module 1: Introduction to Copyright Law
Module 2: Learn How to Use LexisNexis
Module 3: Copyright Law Applied to Music
Module 4: Software Licensing
Module 5: Copyright Law Assessment

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Course Title Introduction to Copyright Law in America
Course # 424
Course Publisher MIT
Course Category 6
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Course Description  With the wide-spread use of the Internet copyright has become a very important issue for publishers of books, music, software, films, television programmes and many other industries. This free online course is an introduction to copyright law as practised in the United States, however, the principles and concepts will be of interest to legal professionals in other jurisdictions. The course reviews the structure of copyright under federal law, the basics of legal research and legal citations. It examines copyright and its applications in the music and broadcasting industries, and looks at legal cases involving examples such as Napster, Grokster and peer-to-peer file sharing services. It also reviews software licensing, and the General Public License and free software. This course will be of great interest to legal and business professionals who would like to learn more about copyright law and how it is practised in the United States, and to students who are pursuing a career in the legal professions and would like to learn more about this very important legal topic.
License  This course is available from MIT OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date 11 May 2012
   
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Course Duration (Avg Learner) 4-5 Hours
Video/Audio High
Audio Only High
Animation None
Assessments Yes
 
Education Level
Age appropriateness 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level Higher High Secondary School
 
Validation Level 5
ALISON Testing Yes
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PDF Download Yes
Parchment Yes
Framed Certification Yes
   
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  • Abhishek Sharma India Yes i'm interested in persuing this course. How can I apply? 2014-11-12 13:11:55
  • Nabil Farid India Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to Copyright Law in America
    Course Topic: Introduction to Copyright Law
    Comment: very good course and helpful information 2013-02-22 17:02:04
  • Holly Colino United States of America Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to Copyright Law in America
    Course Topic: Introduction to Copyright Law
    Comment: This course articulates copyright and the law all the way back to the constitution.(Article 1 powers of Congress) The teacher explains the weight of power that congress has in comparison to the Supreme Court. I also suggest reading,Interpreting the Constitution by Yale University. The teacher then isolates the word propety and explains the way property/intellectual property is interpreted in law. If you have studied Business Law, you will be assessing some resurfacing information in this class. (Trademark, Ratings and the like) You will become informed of some intellectual property rights in this class that concern various countries. The teacher also talks about what judges will put in priority in a case. (You may also want to study Media Law)I think this class was good for learning to interpret the law and legal terminology. I recommend, The Law of Public Communication, 8th Edition. Publisher Allyn & Bacon; (August 23, 2010) Authors: Kent Middleton and William Lee 2013-01-24 04:01:52
  • Idris Busari United States of America Course Module: Module 1: Introduction to Copyright Law in America
    Course Topic: Copyright Law Applied to Music
    Comment: The 2nd degree statement is vague. On the other hand, the copyright laws is extensive. Could it be because the former has no commercial value? 2012-10-01 23:10:28
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