Free Harvard class teaches non-lawyers about copyright – APPLICATION CLOSES @23:59 EST TODAY

Originally posted at: http://gigaom.com/2013/01/03/free-harvard-class-teaches-non-lawyers-about-copyright/

The course, offered via open source learning platform edX, will be taught by Harvard law prof William Fisher III. The 500 students who are accepted will discuss copyright issues in groups of 25 and receive a Harvard certificate after sitting for a three-hour exam.”

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Would you like to invoke the authority of Harvard the next time you debate authors’ rights or file-sharing? You might have your chance thanks to a new 12-week copyright course that seeks to mimic the experience of a Harvard law school class.

The course, offered via open source learning platform edX, will be taught by Harvard law prof William Fisher III and a gaggle of teaching assistants from the school’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The 500 students who are accepted will discuss copyright issues in small groups and receive a Harvard certificate after sitting a 3 hour exam.

While online learning opportunities abound these days, this one is intriguing because it appears to combine the promise of universal access with elite education. The Harvard offering also represents a welcome way to expand the copyright debate beyond the legal community and entertainment industry.

See this Education Week piece for more details. Registration closes at midnight today.

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