Teaching Copyright

Teaching Copyright

Professor William Fisher
Spring 2014 course
2 classroom credits

3 credits (2 classroom credits & 1 writing credit)

This class has an early drop deadline of December 6, 2013.

This course is designed for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of copyright law and gaining experience with law teaching. Each student in the course will be a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, an online copyright course taught by Prof. Fisher to roughly 500 students worldwide.

CopyrightX closely parallels the HLS course on Copyright. Like the HLS students, the CopyrightX students learn the essential elements of both doctrine and theory by watching videotaped lectures prepared by Prof. Fisher, reading cases and secondary materials, and watching webcast special events that examine controversial current topics. In addition, each CopyrightX student participates in a 25-person seminar led by a Teaching Fellow.

Each Teaching Fellow has three primary responsibilities: to conduct each week an 80-minute live online discussion that uses case studies to refine his or her students’ understanding of the pertinent laws and policies; to draft or revise (at some point during the semester) one case study that will be employed both by Prof. Fisher and by the other Teaching Fellows to facilitate discussions; and to monitor and moderate an asynchronous online conversation among the students in his or her section. In addition, the Teaching Fellows will meet once a week (on Wednesday, between 10:20 and 11:40 am) with Prof. Fisher to debate the issues addressed in the lecture and readings for that week and to exchange ideas concerning possible ways of teaching their own seminars.

Additional information concerning CopyrightX and the role of the Teaching Fellows can be found by visiting http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/8568 or by contacting the Head Teaching Fellow, Ana Enriquez . An information session, in which Prof. Fisher will describe this venture in more detail and respond to questions, will be held in Hauser 104 on October 7, from 12 pm to 1 pm.

Pre-requisite: Teaching Copyright is open to Harvard Law School students who either have already taken a course on Copyright at HLS or will be enrolled in such a course during the Spring of 2014. Other students can enroll only with the permission of the instructor.