Take-home quiz on intellectual property

For our fourth and final quiz of the semester, we are going to try something different. I would like you to find a recent news story (that is, from the past three months or so) about an intellectual-property issue that’s in the news — that is, copyright, fair use and the like.

Please print out the story and write a 400- to 500-word piece that will include the following elements:

  • A brief description of what the story is about
  • How it relates to at least one of the court cases you have read (Syllabus, Week 12)
  • Your own opinion, grounded in legal reasoning, as to who’s in the right, who’s in the wrong and why

I want you to print out what you’ve written and staple it to your news clip. You will hand it in at the beginning of class on Friday, Dec. 4.

The usual ground rules apply: if you misspell any proper names, the highest grade you can earn will be a B-plus; your printout should be in 12-point Times or Times New Roman, double-spaced or one-and-a-half; and no fiddling with the margins.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.