This yearlong research and writing seminar gives students the
opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge scholarship in the areas of
entertainment, media, and intellectual property law, with a primary
focus on copyright law. During the first part of the seminar, we will
read and discuss, first, a forthcoming book by Prof. Netanel titled The
Battles over Copyright and, then, four works in progress of leading
scholars. We will analyze the works in progress, both regarding the
substance of their argument and as models of legal scholarship to assist
students in writing their own papers. The scholars will also come to
UCLA for a daylong workshop, on Sunday, November 12, to present their
papers and to respond to questions and comments posed by students and
professors in attendance. Students will have spring semester to write a
first draft and submit their final papers.
To take this seminar,
you must have already take or be concurrently taking copyright law or
an intellectual property survey course, whether at UCLA or elsewhere. In
addition, preference for admission to the seminar will be given to
enrolled and wait listed students who attend the first class meeting. If
you do not show up for the first meeting, you risk being dropped from
We do not meet during spring semester except for two
daylong workshops on Fridays, January 19 and 26, when students will
give oral presentations on their works in progress. The seminar requires
your attendance at the Sunday, November 12, workshop in the fall and at
the two Friday workshops in the spring, as well as at our regular
meetings fall semester.
The seminar fulfills the SAW requirement.
Each student will write and present a scholarly research paper in some
area of entertainment, media, or intellectual property law. Students
will also write two-page response papers to each scholar’s works in
progress. We will provide your response papers to the scholars to assist
them in producing a final version of their work.