CopyrightX is a twelve-week networked course, offered each Spring under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The course explores the current law of copyright and the ongoing debates concerning how that law should be reformed. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, weekly seminars, live webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which law seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.
In 2014, CopyrightX will have three sectors:
- a residential course on Copyright Law, taught by Prof. William Fisher to approximately 100 Harvard Law School students;
- an online course including approximately 500 participants, divided into 20 “sections,” each taught by a Harvard Teaching Fellow;
- approximately 10 “satellite” courses based in countries other than the United States, each taught by an expert in copyright law.
Admission to the online sector of CopyrightX is free and is open to anyone at least 13 years of age, but enrollment is limited. Applications for admission will be accepted starting December 13, 2013. For details concerning the application and admission processes, see CopyrightX:Admission.
The lectures, reading materials, maps, and recordings that have been developed for CopyrightX are also available for use by teachers and students in other settings. All of these materials are licensed under a Creative Commons License, the terms of which are available here.
Details concerning the genesis and pedagogy of CopyrightX, the fruits of the 2013 version, and the design of the 2014 version may be found at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/tfisher/IP/CopyrightX_Assessment.pdf.