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Copyright in a Global Information Economy, Fourth Edition

Julie E. Cohen, Lydia Pallas Loren, Ruth L. Okediji, Maureen A. O'Rourke


  • ISBN: 9781454852018

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    Copyright in a Global Information Economy explores the full range of copyright law and its relationship to technological innovations and globalization. Written with precision and clarity, this ambitious yet manageable casebook elucidates the fundamental disputes of copyright law with incisive and balanced perspective. The book features comprehensive coverage of domestic and international copyright law, a balanced treatment of controversial issues, as well as a wide selection of concisely edited cases, engaging and practical examples and discussions, and photographs that facilitate and stimulate discussion of cases.

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    Page Count 1032
    Published 04/13/2015
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    Chapter 1 Copyright in Context

    Chapter 2 Requirements for Copyright Protection
    Chapter 3 Authorship
    Chapter 4 Form Versus Function: Useful Articles, Architectural Works, and Software

    Chapter 5 The Reproduction Right and the Right to Prepare Derivative Works
    Chapter 6 The Rights of Distribution, Public Performance, and Public Display
    Chapter 7 Copyright in Musical Works and Sound Recordings
    Chapter 8 Moral Rights and Performers' Rights

    Chapter 9 The Different Faces of Infringement
    Chapter 10 Fair Use

    Chapter 11 Copyright Due Diligence
    Chapter 12 Copyright and Contract
    Chapter 13 Copyright Litigation

    Chapter 14 Technological Protections
    Chapter 15 State Law Theories of Protection and Their Limits

    Table of Cases
    Table of Statutes and Other Laws
    Table of Authorities

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    Julie E. Cohen

    Julie E. Cohen teaches and writes about intellectual property law and privacy law, with particular focus on copyright and on the intersection of copyright and privacy rights in the networked information society. She is a co-author of Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. 2006), and is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Public Knowledge. From 1995 to 1999, Professor Cohen taught at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. From 1992 to 1995, she practiced with the San Francisco firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, where she specialized in intellectual property litigation. Professor Cohen received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the Harvard Law School, where she was a Supervising Editor of the Harvard Law Review. She is a former law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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    Ruth L. Okediji

    Professor Ruth Okediji is one of the leading authorities in the United States on International Intellectual Property Law. After visiting at the University of Minnesota in 2001, Professor Okediji joined the Minnesota faculty in the 2002-2003 academic year. She served on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Law from 1994 to 2002, where she held the Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professorship.
    Professor Okediji's scholarship focuses primarily on international intellectual property issues with an emphasis on the relationship between multilateral trade law and intellectual property policy. Her work addresses the relationship between developing and developed countries in the international intellectual property system, including economic analysis of the bargaining strategies that facilitate harmonization of intellectual property rights.

    In addition to intellectual property, Professor Okediji has taught contracts, employment law and international trade. She has earned numerous teaching awards and citations for scholarship and service to the community. From 1999-2000 Professor Okediji chaired the University of Oklahoma Faculty Senate. In 2002, Governor Frank Keating appointed her to the Oklahoma Public Employee Relations Board. She is the immediate past-Chair of the AALS Section of Law and Computers, and Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property.
    Professor Okediji received her LL.B. in 1989 from the University of Jos, and LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School in 1991 and 1996, respectively. She is a member of the New York Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Order of the Coif, and the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inns of Court.

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    Maureen A. O’Rourke

    Maureen A. O'Rourke joined the faculty of the School of Law at Boston University in 1993 after working at IBM Corporation, where she handled a variety of issues surrounding software licensing. Her primary academic interests lie at the intersection of intellectual property law and other fields, such as contract and antitrust law, particularly in the context of software and high technology. Her scholarship has focused on such questions as whether intellectual property law should preempt particular terms of software license agreements. She was one of the first to consider comprehensively the status of hyperlinking on the Internet under copyright law and the viability of a trespass claim for access to and use of a Web site. She is a co-author of one of the leading copyright casebooks in the U.S., Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen Law & Business). She has published articles in the law reviews of Columbia, Duke, Iowa and Minnesota, the technology journals of Berkeley, Harvard and Boston University, and other publications including the Journal of the Copyright Society. She is currently the associate reporter on the American Law Institute's (ALI) Principles of Software Contracting project and is a member of the ALI.

    Prior to becoming dean, Maureen O'Rourke taught courses in commercial law and intellectual property law in addition to helping supervise the student-run Journal of Science and Technology Law. In May 2000, she became the School's sixth recipient of the Metcalf Award, the University's highest teaching honor. She served as acting dean for two years prior to accepting the post of Dean of the School of Law in 2006. She has lectured extensively and has been a visiting professor at Columbia University Law School and LaTrobe University in Australia.

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    Lydia Pallas Loren

    Professor Loren's areas of expertise include intellectual property generally and copyright law in particular. The third edition of her popular casebook Copyright in a Global Information Economy (2010 co-authored) was recently published by Aspen Publishing and is widely adopted at law schools across the nation. Her casebook Intellectual Property Law: Cases and Materials, co-authored with Lewis & Clark Professor Joseph S. Miller, is available digitally from Semaphore Press. She has published widely in law reviews, including the Washington University Law Quarterly, George Mason Law Review, Case Western Reserve Law Review and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law on topics including creative commons licensing, music copyrights in the age of the internet, copyright misuse through contract behavior, criminal copyright infringement, the proper scope of the derivative work right in the digital age, and economic analysis as it relates to the copyright doctrine of fair use. Loren's forthcoming article in the Florida Law Review explores provisions in the Copyright Act that grant authors and their families the right to terminate copyright assignments and licenses regardless of what those contracts say.

    After graduation from law school Professor Loren clerked for the Honorable Ralph B. Guy, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. She then joined the law firm of Bodman, Longley & Dahling in Detroit, where she was involved in all of aspects of intellectual property protection. Her practice included copyright and trademark counseling, application, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement litigation. During the 2006-2007 academic year Professor Loren served as the first woman dean of Lewis & Clark Law School. In 2008 Professor Loren was named Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar in recognition of her exemplary teaching and scholarship in Intellectual Property law.

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