As is so often the case with internet searches — where what you get is not always what you were looking for — in the course of tracking down information about a copyright case from last year I unexpectedly stumbled upon a site that provides educational training about copyright for the layman. Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), a consortium of libraries from 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. While the stated goal of the project is to provide librarians in developing and transitional countries information concerning copyright law, the actual content is appropriate for any fairly bright non-lawyer. The free course includes 9 learning modules, which can be downloaded from the site or viewed online.
I am a commercial litigator and intellectual property lawyer in Orange County. Although my practice encompasses a wide variety of business disputes, I have a particular fondness for, and am prone to wax philosophical on, the subjects of copyright and trademark infringement in music, literature, art, and film.