This Interactive Casebook provides a comprehensive, thoroughly updated, and provocative introduction to copyright doctrine, policy and the contemporary controversies that animate the field. Numerous call-out boxes provide students direct links to a wealth of on-line resources including audio and video clips of the work at issue in many of the included cases. Short essays interspersed throughout the volume -- called "Copyright in the Real World" -- link the material in the cases and notes to everyday scenarios with which students will be familiar. These features, along with the judiciously edited cases chosen for their interesting fact patterns, will promote lively class discussion and will suit the needs of all copyright teachers regardless of emphasis or level of experience.

The second edition utilizes the CasebookPlus™ platform, providing your students with digital access to self-assessments, written by the authors, that provide helpful explanations, a personal outline starter, and digital access to additional study resources, including Gilbert Law Dictionary.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Interactive Casebook Series
Publication Date: 11/09/2017

Robert Brauneis, George Washington University Law School

Roger E. Schechter, George Washington University Law School


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  • The second edition adds 15 new principal cases
  • Among those new cases are the Supreme Court opinions in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, the Second Circuit's decision in Authors Guild v. Google, and the Ninth Circuit's decision in Garcia v. Google
  • The second edition also deletes 16 principal cases that appeared in the first edition, in many instances substituting newer or better cases.
  • The second edition adds three new "Copyright in the Real World" features, and updates several others
  • The electronic edition of the second edition includes multiple choice review questions for each chapter, and explanations of why each answer is correct or incorrect.
  • The materials on copyright infringement have been reorganized to make them more teachable and accessible to students

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