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Spring 2018-2019
* COM 332 / HUM 332 / TRA 332 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Who Owns This Sentence? Copyright Culture from the Romantic Era to the Age of the Internet

David M. Bellos
Alexandre A. Montagu

Literature, art, computer code, social media, news, music and video games--copyright underpins almost everything we read or hear. But it is not an old idea. Why was it invented? For whose benefit? What is a "work" or an "author"? Is copyright still relevant, or is a new framework needed? From Balzac and Dickens to Facebook, from Bizet to Broadway musicals, this new course invites students to think about the philosophical and cultural issues raised by copyright in the past and present--and for the future. Taught jointly by a professor of Comparative Literature and a practicing intellectual property lawyer; for students in all disciplines.

Sample reading list:
MONTAGU, Alexandre, Intellectual Property. Money and Power in a New Era
FEATHER, John, Publishing, Piracy and Politics
JOHNS, Adrian, Piracy. The Intellectual Property Wars
ROSE, Mark, Authors and Owners. The Invention of Copyright
ROGER-FERDINAND, Carmen Jones' Affair
PRAVILOVA, Ekaterina, A Public Empire. Property and the Quest for the Common Good

Reading/Writing assignments:
Up to 50 pp reading per week from historical, philosophical and legal texts, with some additional short literary works and clips from films, operas, etc; weekly one-paragraph posts; occasional quizzes, some in class and some take-home; 10-page term paper.

Quizzes - 25%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40795 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Friend Center   108   Enrolled:18 Limit:28
40796 P01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:12 Limit:18
42170 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:6 Limit:18