Instructor: Professor Pascale Chapdelaine
This course explores the main components of Canadian copyright law in an international context. As a statutory grant by the State, what is the purpose of copyright and how does it relate to property, contracts, and other forms of intellectual property? What subject matter (e.g., books, musical recordings, paintings, films, computer programs, traditional cultural indigenous expressions) does it (fail to) protect and why? How does copyright law protect, promote, mediate between the interests of authors, copyright holders, users, intermediaries, and the public? How is copyright law adapting to the digital age, artificial intelligence, and an ever-changing technological environment? These are the main questions that students will explore throughout this course. This course is particularly suited for students interested in intellectual property and technology law and theory, entertainment law and commercial law.