Students were assigned legal cases to review and read prior to the next class session. The readings then served as the impetus for the class discussions. Databases listed below such as LexisNexis® have restricted availability, and no access is provided through this site.
Readings by Session
|1||Introduction; Basics of Legal Research; Legal Citations|
|2||LexisNexis®; 1976 Copyright Act||
Here’s a LexisNexis® handout you may find helpful. (
Please read these cases to discuss in class:
Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340 (1991). (
(Remember, just type the middle part of the citation (e.g., “499 U.S. 340”) into the “Get a Case” citation field in Lexis-Nexis to call up the opinion.)
|3||Copyright Applied to Music, Computers; Napster®; Peer-to-Peer File Sharing||
Go to LexisNexis®, “Legal Research,” then “Federal Code,” and finally “Guided Search.” (That will take you to this form.)
Read the following sections of the statute. (If the section seems to go on and on, just read the first few subsections. You may find it helpful to look back at the definitions in section 101.)
- 106 (Core Rights)
|4||Software Licensing; DVDs and Encryption||
17 U.S.C. § 512. (Remember: Use “17 uscs sec 512”.)
Read Recording Industry Ass’n of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc., 180 F.3d 1072 (9th Cir. 1999).
Read Chamberlain Group, Inc. v. Skylink Technologies, Inc., 381 F.3d 1178 (Fed. Cir. 2004). ( PDF)
Read Jonathan Zittrain’s essay, “The Copyright Cage,” in legalaffairs magazine.
Nimmer, David. Codifying Copyright Comprehensibly, 51 UCLA L. Rev. 1233 (2004) (From LexisNexis® Academic, go to “Legal Research,” then “Law Reviews,” then “Guided Search,” and search for “51 UCLA L. Rev. 1233” in “Citation.” Set the date field to “All available dates.”) This is a fantastic article about the entire Copyright Act.
———. Appreciating Legislative History: The Sweet and Sour Spots of the DMCA’s Commentary, 23 Cardozo L. Rev. 909 (2002).
———. “Fairest of them All” and Other Fairy Tales of Fair Use, 66 Law & Contemp. Probs. 263 (2003), available with chart.