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Randal C. Picker : Courses and Seminars

Copyright
LAWS 45801
(BID, CORE)This course explores the major areas of copyright law, with special emphasis on how modern technology might challenge traditional copyright principles. Topics include copyright duration, subject matter, and ownership; the rights and limitations of copyright holders, including the fair use doctrine; remedies for copyright infringement; and federal preemption of state law.The student's grade is based on a final examination.
Autumn 2016
Randal C. Picker
Antitrust Law
LAWS 42801
(BID, CORE)This course provides an introduction to the law of antitrust. The course focuses on the practices by which competing firms eliminate, or are alleged to eliminate, competition among themselves. The practices considered include formal cartels, price-fixing conspiracies, conscious parallelism, trade association activities, resale price maintenance, and mergers to monopoly and other types of horizontal merger. The course also looks at the practices by which firms, either singly or in combination, exclude actual or potential competitors from their markets, by means of practices such as boycotts, predatory pricing, tying arrangements, vertical integration, and price discrimination under the Robinson-Patman Act. Both price and non-price vertical restrictions are considered.The grade is based on a final in-class examination.
Winter 2017
Randal C. Picker
Technology Policy
LAWS 53287
BID, SEMThis seminar will look at a mixture of old and new materials on technology and the law, with a special focus on the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.We typically read 2-5 recent books. Students write blog posts on the readings which will be posted on the class blog. Students will also comment on posts by other students. The blog postings do not fulfill one of the substantial writing requirements. By default, this seminar is 2 credits, but you can earn a third credit if you choose to write a meaningful additional independent study paper for 1 credit. The syllabus for the seminar is at picker.uchicago.edu/seminar/syllabus.htm and the class blog is at picker.typepad.com/picker_seminar/.The student's grade is based on class and blog participation.
Winter 2017
Randal C. Picker