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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Copyright Law by University of Pennsylvania

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About the Course

Copyright law is unique in the greater intellectual property regime, as it protects original expression that is fixed in a tangible medium and is the product of authorship. This course is designed for creative professionals — such as screenwriters, musicians, documentary filmmakers or artists — who want to understand the scope and limits of which works can enjoy U.S. copyright protection. The course will introduce students to the workings of copyright law through an examination of the system’s basic principles, rules, and institutions. Topics will include; the justifications for copyright law, copyrightable subject matter, authorship, the nature and scope of copyright’s exclusive rights, fair use, and remedies for infringement. We will also explore real-world examples of legal battles surrounding copyright law, from the recent litigation over Robin Thicke’s hit song “Blurred Lines” to more peculiar cases such as the infamous “monkey selfie” case. By understanding what copyright does and does not protect, producers of creative expression will be able to protect and maximize the commercial value of their works....

Top reviews


Jul 28, 2020

Extremely informative! The instructor was great! Don't miss this out if you're into intellectual property law, especially studying the intricacies of copyright.


Dec 7, 2021

Absolutely loved the course, it solved many of the queries that i had regarding copyrights and to whom they are available and under what circumstances.

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By Samuel L

Sep 6, 2019

Good comprehensive overview of US copyright laws. I think after completing this course, the project at the end made me think critically and select rights on a case-by-case nature. However, I felt like the course could use a better summary in terms of practical methods, it still felt ambiguous and open ended. (Copyright law is still quite flexible, but the instructor appears to be holding back with an air of complexity that isn't clearly demonstrated in the slides and doesn't assure the learner of next steps.)

By Apurv S

May 12, 2020

I found this course to be extremely well-structured and quite helpful in learning the basics of Copyright Law. Right in the beginning, I was informed that I cannot rely on this course as a substitute for what is taught as part of copyright as a subject in law school and think the course does exactly what it set out to do, which is basically to impart knowledge of the FUNDAMENTALS of the subject for laymen and legal professionals alike. Keeping that in mind, this course will clear up any misunderstandings you may have about the subject, regardless of whether you have a legal background or not.

By Ajeeth A

Jan 19, 2020

Great course, great examination of student's knowledge. Highly recommend to others seeking an introduction to copyright law!

By Kaushik D

Jun 13, 2019

An excellent course, to understand the ever increasing scope and ambit of intellectual property rights and its discourse in Society!

By Gabriele G

Jun 14, 2019

I would have liked more application cases


Jul 20, 2019

This is a great course! It opened my mind and gave me clear understanding on the complexities of Copyright Law. Very informative, the lecturer gave his crisp discussions on the matter. it is easily understandable and simple. Thank you Sir!

By Ger H

Apr 14, 2020

really well put together and a great refresher on US copyright law. It was a joy to follow the readings, the videos (very clear and succinct Professor) and the study helped occupy time during this pandemic period.

By Nathalia A M H

Apr 22, 2020

The explanations of the themes in the course are easy to understand and the activities gave the opportunity to put on practices everything that we learn in the course.

By Joel A C

Feb 17, 2020

Really great! I learned a lot. Though the time to peer review remains an issue. It is a good course.

By Isha S

Jan 10, 2021

Great course and amazing teacher! Very clear and interesting content. Totally recommend!

By Waliat B J

Apr 10, 2020

It’s an excellent course that has a lot of knowledge to impact on students

By Feng X

Apr 15, 2020

Excellent course. Fantastic Delivery. I highly recommend this course.


Dec 7, 2019

Excellent material, well-explained, I highly recommend it

By Emma V

Oct 19, 2019

Un cours très intéressant et instructif !

By Tammy D M

Aug 7, 2019

I learned a great deal!

By Akshay S S

Oct 15, 2019

thank you

By Muxtar K

Oct 7, 2019



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By Michael J

May 24, 2020

This is a really excellent course. A great overview of copyright law, with lots packed into the 4 lectures. Lots of good material including links to online articles and you can learn at your own pace. If you are looking for a good bird's eye view of US copyright law, just should definitely take this course.

By Simran B

Apr 29, 2022

the instructor explained the subtle intricacies of the copyright very well . the explanation of every right was very lucid and helped to build own understanding as well critical thinking and judgement about the law , its implementation and violation.

By Deborah L B

Jul 28, 2020

Shyam Balganesh is an excellent lecturer. This course, as well as the introductory course on IP law, are enlightening -- especially for those of us "old schoolers" who took a copyright class before the Internet existed.

By Cuauhtémoc G C

Jan 28, 2024

Great course, very well presented and complete. It is an excellent course on Copyright Law for non-lawyers. It can be applied to everyday situations in our personal and professional lives. 100% recommended.

By Saschana G

Dec 6, 2021

Being a writer of poetry mainly, and presently transitioning into the writing arena, this course has definitely provided me with relevant, life long knowledge that will steer me in the right direction.

By Edgar S

Nov 24, 2020

Un muy buen curso que te da las bases y nociones fundamentales sobre "Copyright" Excelente para aquellos interesados en el tema o que se encuentren en areas laborales afines al mismo.

By vedant s

Jul 29, 2020

Extremely informative! The instructor was great! Don't miss this out if you're into intellectual property law, especially studying the intricacies of copyright.