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Multimedia Case Studies

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PatentingLifePart2finalNEW: Patenting Life, Part 2: Should Living Things Be Patented?  The science of genetics began in the 19th century. Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, experimented on pea pod plants.

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PatentingLifePrtshowNEW: Patenting Life, Part 1: Should Living Things Be Patented?   The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a patent for a human-created bacterium that eats oil. Can other living things be patented?

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whatisapatentNEW:  What Is a Patent? Learn what patents are, why we have them, and what the requirements are to obtain them. Then role play members of the USPTO, look at case studies of actual patent applications, and decide whether to issue the patent in each case.

 

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dangermouseShades of Grey in Fair Use:Do Mashups Violate Copyright? In 2004, Danger Mouse released the Grey Album, which included mash-ups of music by the Beatles and Jay-Z. The record company EMI responded by telling him that the album violated its copyright on the Beatles’ songs. Learn about copyright in music and decide if today’s digital mash-ups are fair use or not.

 

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northfaceThe North Face Apparel Company v. The South Butt and Others. What is Trademark Infringement? (Updated November 2010) North Face, a mountaineering equipment and apparel company sues South Butt, a “parody apparel company which served to spoof its biological and directional counterpart." North Face claims trademark infringement. Learn about trademark and parody in the hypothetical trial of this case.

 

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cold_playSatriani v. Coldplay: A Copyright Infringement Case.  (Updated September 2010)  Was Coldplay’s wildly popular song “Viva La Vida” copied from guitarist Joe Satriani? Learn basic copyright law and role play jurors deciding one element in the hypothetical trial of this case.

 

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faireyFairey v. AP: A Question of Fair Use. Artist Shepard Fairey created the iconic Obama Hope posters by copying a photo from the Associated Press (AP). Was this fair use or did it violate AP’s copyright? Learn the factors of fair use and apply them to decide whether Fairey’s use of the photo was fair under the law.

 

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Additional case studies coming soon:

Jessica Seinfeld-Can you copyright a recipe?
The Wind Done Gone-Parody and Fair Use.
Peer to Peer File sharing

 

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Educating to Protect Intellectual Property (ePIP) was created with funding by grant 2009-BE-BX-0001 from the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
, the U.S. Department of Justice, and supported by the International Trademark Association and the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

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