You probably know your copyright ABCs already. But what about your UVWs and XYZs? If you want to read and learn a lot (and I mean a lot) about US copyright history, theory, statutes, case law, and open questions — as well as just enough about international copyright law to begin to understand how complex things can get — then I highly recommend CopyrightX, a 12-week course offered through Harvard Law School, HarvardX, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. I took it last spring and found it hugely intellectually stimulating. It’s also very demanding (at least for those who embrace the opportunity and fully engage), but not on your wallet: the course and course materials are completely free of charge. If this sounds like an appealing challenge to you, then you might want to apply for a spot in the Spring 2019 course.
Here’s the official announcement:
Join CopyrightX 2019: Applications due December 7
CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered from January to May each year under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. The course explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed.
Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, assigned readings, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.
Hundreds of students from all over the world, ages 13 and up, have taken part in this remote course since 2013!