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Name CopyrightX
Center Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Person of reference Ben Sobel
Reference email address
Brief Description CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course that has been offered annually since 2013 under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The course will next be taught from January to May of 2017.

The CopyrightX community has three components: — a residential course on Copyright Law, taught by Prof. William Fisher to approximately 100 Harvard Law School students; — an online course divided into sections of 25 students, each section taught by a Harvard Teaching Fellow; — a set of affiliated courses associated with universities and other institutions outside the United States, each taught by an expert in copyright law.

Through a combination of recorded lectures, assigned readings, weekly seminars, live interactive webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which the copyright system seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.

The portions of the CopyrightX lectures, readings, and maps consisting of original material are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. The lectures, readings, and maps also contain excerpts of non-original material, some of which are subject to copyrights held by other parties. The use of those excerpts in CopyrightX is privileged under the fair use doctrine. However, Prof. Fisher and Harvard University lack authority to license others to use the excerpts. Thus, persons who reuse a lecture, reading assignment, or map must either remove the pertinent excerpts or ensure that they too enjoy a legal privilege to reproduce or perform them.

Prior Knowledge Required Intermediate English reading and listening comprehension, familiarity with legal English a plus
Outcomes expected Familiarity with United States copyright doctrine, comparative international copyright law, and the various theories used to justify intellectual property rights.
Target Students Bachelor Students, Master students, PhD students, Continuous education / lifelong learning
Topics of interest Copyright, Creative industries, Digital Economy, Digital Rights Management, E-commerce, E-democracy, File Sharing, Free Software, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Information, Information Law, Innovation, Intellectual Property, Intermediary Liability, Internet Censorship, Media Literacy, Media Regulation, Open Access, Open Collaboration, Open Content, Open Data, Public Domain
Language English
Syllabus Syllabus::
Teachers Professor William Fisher, Harvard Law School
Duration Duration::12 weeks
Is the course cyclic? Yes
Other points of contact
First Edition 2013-01-25
Last Edition 2016-01-25
Mailing List
Fruition It is possible to follow the course entirely online
Final Exam Yes
Final Credits Upon completion of the course students receive a certificate, but not academic credits
Is the course open to everyone? Yes
Online Material Yes
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URL of Online Textnote or Lectures
Accessibility of the Material Anyone can access the material through the web
License Type Open License (ex: Creative Commons)