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Copyright Law (LAWS 4301)

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Copyright law is the in-depth study of the legal doctrine and policy relating to the protection of one's artistic, literary, musical, and computer-related expression. We will focus primarily on the 1976 Copyright Act and amendments thereto, such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.


Prof. Rosenblatt

Prof. Elizabeth ("Betsy") Rosenblatt is the Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Distinguished Research Scholar and associate director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology and the Arts. She has taught intellectual property courses including Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Patent Law, and Video Game Law, as well as Civil Procedure at University of Tulsa College of Law, U.C. Davis Law School, and Whittier Law School in Southern California. She has also taught at USC Gould School of Law, UCLA Law School, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), and University of Maastricht (Netherlands).

After graduating from Harvard Law School, Prof. Rosenblatt practiced intellectual property litigation at the firm of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, where she specialized in the areas of entertainment, copyright, trademark, and patent law. She represented clients in television, video game, film, semiconductor, DNA microarray, consumer electronics, and other industries. She currently volunteers as the Chair of the Legal Committee of the Organization for Transformative Works.

Professor Rosenblatt's scholarship focuses on intellectual property theory and intersections between intellectual property law and social justice. Her work has been published by the U.C. Irvine Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Florida Law Review, Florida State Law Review, DePaul Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, and University of Ottawa Press, among others. She is a frequent speaker at scholarly conferences as well as more popular venues like San Diego Comic Con and South by Southwest.


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CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Copyright Law lessons


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