Beryl Jones-Woodin

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7957 |  Email
Areas of Expertise
Art Law
Copyright Law
Intellectual Property
Education
B.A., Oberlin College
J.D., New York University School of Law

Art Law Seminar: Advanced Problems

Pre or co-requisite: Copyright Law

This course is designed to introduce students to advanced problems in art law and related drafting issues. The class will study the ways in which the law regulates the creation of art, the cultural implications of art and the art market. Areas that will be considered include moral rights, fair use, museum law, cultural property law and rights of privacy.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. A paper is required which may be used to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement.

Copyright Law

Federal copyright law is examined. Topics specifically covered include authorship; copyright subject matter; the concepts of publication, notice, and registration; copyright infringement; remedies; ownership; transfer of interests; the interface between copyright and state laws; computers; fair use; and compulsory licenses.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

International Intellectual Property

This course provides students with an introduction to the ever-growing framework for global harmonization of intellectual property standards. After a basic overview of the primary subjects of intellectual property law (copyright, trademark, patent and geographical indications), the course turns to the growing body of international decisions and policies impacting these topics. A brief overview of international law and international trade concepts leads to exploration of the roles of the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization and other international organizations in regulating both policy and enforcement in intellectual property protection, covering the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPs) and other core international agreements on the subject. The course also explores the role of regional and bilateral initiatives, including the European Union, regional free trade areas and bilateral free trade agreements. Finally, the course touches briefly on topics of current relevance, such as the role of particular emerging economies like China and India, exceptions and limitations to protection, intellectual property and development, enforcement challenges, protection in a digital economy and protection of traditional knowledge and biological resources.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam or take-home exam.

Professional Responsibility

This course analyzes the duties and responsibilities of the legal profession, including its history, goals and structure. A detailed analysis and discussion of the Code of Professional Responsibility are undertaken.

Students who have earned credit for The Legal Profession cannot take this course.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.

Property

This course introduces students to the laws governing real and personal property transfer and ownership. Topics covered may include the historical development of various kinds of present and future interests in property; the sale and financing of real estate; landlord-tenant law; land use regulation; gifts of personal property; and non-traditional property rights.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.