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What you will learn

  • Identify the basic elements of copyright

  • Describe what copyright does and does not protect

  • Explain the limits of copyright protection

  • Analyze fair use and other complex doctrines that extend from copyright law

Skills you will gain

CopyrightCopyright ProtectionFair Use
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Subtitles: English, Spanish


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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

3 hours to complete

What is Copyright?

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 60 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
What Copyright is NOT (Copyright Basics)7m
What Copyright Is1m
What is Expression?7m
Differentiating Expression from Ideas8m
The Merger Doctrine5m
Expression Does Not Extend to Facts6m
Creative Spark8m
2 readings
Pre-Course Survey (Optional)10m
What You Don't Know About Copyright25m
4 practice exercises
What Copyright is Not30m
Quiz on Expression30m
Expression vs. Ideas2m
Module 1 Quiz20m

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Copyright's Basic Rights

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
The Reproduction Right4m
The Reproduction Right: Actual Copying9m
The Reproduction Right: Substantial Similarity6m
Software Reproduction Right7m
The Distribution Right5m
Distribution on the Internet3m
First Sale Doctrine4m
2 readings
Harney vs. Sony and A&E25m
Can You "Import" Expensive Textbooks?30m
3 practice exercises
Reproduction Right30m
Distribution Right30m
Module 2 Quiz20m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Copyright's Advanced Rights

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
The Public Performance Right4m
The Aereo Case6m
The Public Display Right3m
Moral Rights7m
Right of Integrity4m
Attribution Rights4m
2 readings
Optional Reading: Aereo Case30m
Moral Rights - U.S. vs. Europe30m
3 practice exercises
The Adaptation Right30m
Module 3 Quiz20m

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Limitations and Exceptions to Copyright

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 35 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
The Basics of Fair Use10m
Ordinary Fair Use9m
Transformative Fair Use5m
Technological Fair Use5m
3 readings
What is Fair Use?30m
Concluding Thoughts10m
Post-Course Survey (Optional)10m
2 practice exercises
Fair Use Basics30m
Ordinary Fair Use30m



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About the Intellectual Property Law Specialization

Intellectual property is the currency of the tech world. The pharmaceutical patent for Lipitor generated over $100 billion in revenue, the copyright for the Harry Potter franchise has generated over $25 billion to date, and the trademarked brands of the world’s largest tech companies now eclipse $100 billion in value. But what makes these intangible assets so valuable? Through the courses in this specialization, you will learn the differences between the various forms of U.S. intellectual property rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and their various applications to human innovations. Drawing from that knowledge, you will then work to develop a trademark strategy for a company, analyze a patent document, and address a copyright cease-and-desist request. After completing these hands-on projects, you will have the necessary framework to craft integrated intellectual property strategies tailored to an organization’s core business goals....
Intellectual Property Law

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