University of Pittsburgh

Copyright Law - Madison

Publish Date/Time: 
January 2, 2014

Assignment for the First Day of Class

For the first class meeting, on Monday, January 6, 2014, please read and be ready to talk about the following:

1 - Short articles from the New York Review of Books (  All of the articles are available online and are hyperlinked from the Copyright Law course homepage (see below).

  • Google & the Future of Books (Feb. 12, 2009)
  • Google & Books: An Exchange (March 26, 2009)
  • Google and the New Digital Future (Dec. 17, 2009)

2 – The opinion of Judge Chin in Authors Guild v. Google, from November 2013.  That opinion is hyperlinked from the Copyright Law course homepage.

3 - The following article from the New York Times Magazine (

  • The Music-Copyright Enforcers (August 6, 2010)

For the second class meeting, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, please read and be ready to talk about PAGES 745-750 (NBA v. Motorola) and PAGES 303-306 (Nichols v. Universal Pictures Corp.) of Cohen et al., Copyright in a Global Information Economy (3d edition 2010).


Important information about the course

Student use in the classroom of laptop computers and comparable devices (iPads, tablets, netbooks, smartphones, iPhones, Nexus, Kindle Fire etc. etc.) – for any purpose -- is prohibited.  If you want to take notes in class, then please bring paper and something to write with.

The course homepage is at

It can be found via Professor Madison’s homepage at

Everything you need to know about the course is there.

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