6.912 Introduction to Copyright Law

January (IAP) 2006

The copyright symbol.
The copyright symbol. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features video lectures and an extensive list of readings. A description of assignments is also available. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to copyright law and American law in general. Topics covered include: structure of federal law; basics of legal research; legal citations; how to use LexisNexis®; the 1976 Copyright Act; copyright as applied to music, computers, broadcasting, and education; fair use; Napster®, Grokster®, and Peer-to-Peer file-sharing; Library Access to Music Project; The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act; DVDs and encryption; software licensing; the GNU® General Public License and free software.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .rm.

Donate Now

Staff

Instructor:
Keith Winstein

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Four sessions for 4 weeks
2 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate