Extended Readings on Copyright

On this page you will find a collection of reading assignments that I use in teaching Copyright Law. These Extended Readings on Copyright can be used as a textbook or as individual modules to supplement a textbook.

The Consolidated Edition was last updated on August 5, 2019.


Extended Readings on Copyright is a collection of materials that I have developed for my Copyright Law class at Loyola University Chicago over the past few years. The title, Extended Readings on Copyright, indicates the origins of this project. Early on, my aim was simply to supplement existing casebooks in those areas where I found them to be unhelpful or out of date. Soon enough, the project expanded to a more or less complete book.

The book contains several placeholders for further development that I have left in place so that the reader has a sense of what they might be missing. Extended Readings on Copyright will probably always be something of a work in progress because the law of copyright changes so rapidly. Nevertheless, I think that it has progressed far enough to be useful.

Extended Readings on Copyright is what you make of it

Extended Readings on Copyright is subject to a non-commercial Create Commons license that allows you to add, subtract, and amend as you see fit, provided you extend those terms to any derivative work based on these materials and provided your provide appropriate attribution. I encourage you to share your edits and additions with me, but it is not obligatory.

Extended Readings on Copyright can be used as a stand alone textbook on United States copyright law. The individual chapters are available on this website, and these can be used to supplement other materials. Individual chapters are likely to be more up to date than the consolidated build of the book.  

Taking accessibility seriously

Readers might find some of the formatting, editorial, and layout decisions in Extended Readings on Copyright unusual. I have cleaned up internal citations in the cases and expanded most of the abbreviations to make the text flow more smoothly for those using assistive technologies. The traditional Blue Book conventions used in law are incredibly hostile to the visually disabled and I see no reason to perpetuate the conventional practice of that exclusion by design.

I have compromised slightly on the issue of footnotes. In my own material I have tried to use footnotes sparingly. Where a footnote in a case is worth reading, I have promoted it to the main text. This book is available as a .docx file and a .ppt file. Those who require larger print sound be able to achieve this simply by changing the style definitions and updating the table of contents. If there are ways in which this book can be more accessible, please let me know.

Other reasons to use this book

Although Extended Readings on Copyright is primarily a book about copyright law in the United States, I have tried to situate American law in an international and comparative context where possible. Seeing how the law works in other jurisdictions provides an insight into how the law in the United States could be different. Furthermore, every copyright specialist should have some basic understanding of how the international intellectual property system works, if only to be able to evaluate appeals to the authority of the Berne Convention, the TRIPs agreement, and other international copyright agreements.


I have sought and received permission to include extracts from several notable academics, for which I am grateful. Other copyright material is included in reliance on the fair use doctrine.