Copyrighx : course overview

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 Klein Center for Internet and Society. The course will next be taught from January to May of 2021 .

The course explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the law  should be reformed .

The CopyrightX community has three components :

(a) a residential course on Copyright Law, taught by Prof . William Fisher at Harvard Law School ;

(b) an online course divided into sections of 25 students (each section taught by a Harvard Teaching Fellow) ; 

(c)  and a set of affiliated courses, most of which are based in countries other than the United States, each taught by an expert in copyright law .

Who is this course for ?

The course is designed for anyone interested in learning about copyright law. The target group of participants includes current law students and practicing attorneys, academics and researchers in non-legal fields, artists and creatives, private sector managers, and policymakers working in public sector institutions.  There is no need to have any legal background in order to follow this course or benefit from it .

When is the course offered ?

The course will be held from January to May 2021. Registration for the course takes place between December 2020 and January 2021 .

Topics ?

  • The Foundations of Copyright Law .
  • Fairness and Personality  Theories .
  • The Subject Matter of Copyright .
  • Welfare Theory .
  • Authorship .
  • The Mechanics . of Copyright .
  • The Rights to Reproduce and Modify .
  • The Rights to Distribute, Perform, and Display .
  • Fair Use .
  • Cultural Theory .
  • Supplements to Copyright: Secondary Liability and Para-copyright .
  • Remedies .

Is the course certified ?

At the end of the courses, participants can obtain a certificate of participation issued by the Harvard Law School. In order to obtain the certificate, participants must pass an exam and must have been in attendance for a minimum of ten of the twelve online sessions. The exam is marked by the course facilitators, and is based on the same principle questions given to Harvard Law students, along with additional questions specific to the Palestinian law.