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Academic and Technical Resources

1. Resources for Studying Law

If this is your first time studying law, you may find elements of the curriculum unfamiliar in three respects:

  1. The course materials, including the lectures and the readings, require an understanding of the basic framework and procedures of the United States’ legal system.

  2. The conventions of structure and form in legal cases may appear new to you.

  3. The terminology employed in legal cases and legal commentaries or articles, and the subset of terminology that is unique to copyright law, may also appear new to you.

With this in mind, you are encouraged to draw on three resources that will help address these three issues, respectively:

2. Maps / Lecture Notes on Copyright Law and Theories of Intellectual Property

Map of Copyright Law

Map of Theories of Intellectual Property

First, please read these guidelines on how to download and access the two files. You must have Adobe Reader in order to properly view the maps contained in each file.

These maps contains an overview of the field of copyright law. The map does not aspire to be a treatise; it is not comprehensive, and some of the interpretations it offers of current legal doctrine are controversial. Rather, it is designed to be used as a teaching aid. To that end, it attempts to describe and organize the main rules in each field, paying particular attention to significant recent developments and to especially controversial or unstable issues.

The map is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 2.5 License, the terms of which are available here.

In preparing and updating the maps, I received enormous help from June Casey and Karen Storin Linitz of the Harvard Law School Library, Andrew Moshirnia, a Harvard Law School student with a deep background in educational technology, and Ken Hirschman, General Counsel of Mindjet -- the company that generously supplied the Mindmanager software and Catalyst subscriptions that were used to create and share the maps.

If you make use of these materials and find flaws in them -- errors that need to be corrected, gaps that need to be filled, or references to rules that have been superceded -- the course staff would be grateful if you would let us know.