Our Graduate Certificate course in Copyright Law provides an overview of the basic doctrines of copyright law, with application to the creation and dissemination of expressive information, artistic creations, and innovative works, such as software, architecture, and databases. The Copyright Law course is intended for people who work in an IP law field and those with a more general interest in the topic. No specialized scientific knowledge is required. The course will focus on both substantive legal issues and the development of legal research and writing skills.
Upon completion of this IP Law Certificate course you will be able to:
- Explain the policies underlying copyright law and its relationship to creative expression and information
- Identify the basic workings of copyright law, including originality, infringement, and ownership
- Analyze the issues raised for copyright law by specialized work such as software, architecture, and databases
- Analyze whether a particular use of a copyrighted work would constitute fair use
- Identify the amendments to copyright law through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to address digital technologies
- Assess how new technologies that permit copying may provide the basis for copyright infringement
- Assess ongoing controversies affecting the development of copyright and information gathering and dissemination
The Copyright Law certificate course can be completed in just 8 weeks. Coursework must be completed in the sequence in which it is offered. You should plan to spend about 6-8 hours per week on online copyright law coursework, including reading assignments, research and writing projects, and online discussions.