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.
On April 4, 2001, MIT announced it would publish educational materials from all of its courses freely and openly on the Internet. Ten years later, OCW has shared materials from more than 2000 courses with an estimated 100 million individuals worldwide. Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of this groundbreaking effort.
MIT Faculty Newsletter, September/October 2010 —Shigeru Miyagawa, Chair, MIT OpenCourseWare Faculty Advisory Committee: "Among the many milestones we will celebrate during the Institute's 150th anniversary year, I am particularly proud of the 10th anniversary of MIT OpenCourseWare, which was announced on the front page of the New York Times on April 4th, 2001. Since the announcement, MIT has published materials from more than 2,000 courses, presenting the undergraduate and graduate curricula from all 33 of MIT's academic departments."...
Sandel has taught the famous "Justice" course at Harvard for two decades. More than 14,000 students have taken the course, making it one of the most highly attended in Harvard's history. The fall 2007 class was the largest ever at Harvard, with a total of 1,115 students. The fall 2005 course was recorded, and is offered online for students through the Harvard Extension School. An abridged form of this recording is now a 12-episode TV series, Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, in a coproduction of WGBH and Harvard University. Episodes are available on the Justice with Michael Sandel website. There is also an accompanying book Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?, and the sourcebook of readings Justice: A Reader.