The Illustrated Story of Copyright

Special message for law professors


        You may want to consider adopting The Illustrated Story of Copyright for required or recommended reading by your students. It's not a substitute for a casebook, but it can supplement the materials in a casebook, and it will present a clear overview of the substance and history of copyright in the United States.

        Have you been finding it more and more difficult to squeeze into your course the ever-expanding amendments and cases dealing with the new technology, and still cover the copyright basics? You can make assignments from this book that will allow the students to learn some of the more straightforward material with less time required for classroom review. This frees up valuable classroom time for the more difficult materials.

        You are encouraged to recommend the book for your students, your law school bookstore, and your law school library. And read it yourself: as stated by Prof. Jane Ginsburg,

Best of all (at least for other copyright professors and students), illustrations accompany almost every case recounted. Photograph after photograph, I found I could not suppress the thrill of recognition: "So that's what the work looked like in the [such-and-such] case!"

        And what about the students who have not taken your course, but come to you asking for an overview of copyright? This is the perfect book for them. Again, as stated by Prof.
Ginsburg,

In putting technology first, Professor Samuels has found an engaging way to introduce the subject to non lawyers (as well as to law students and lawyers not previously inclined toward copyright).

        Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or criticisms, or suggestions about how the book can be integrated into a law school course on copyright.

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