December 27, 2020
December 27, 2020



Please use legal reasoning (FIRAC) to respond to this question:

Duplos College Bookstore compiles, copies, and sells reading materials to students. The compilations are prepared on the instructions of professors, who indicate which parts of which publications should be included for their students. The copied materials include texts published by Ebooks, Inc. Duplos does not obtain the permission of Ebooks, or any of the other original publishers of the copied materials, and does not pay royalties on the sales of the compilations. Ebooks and others file a suit against Duplos, alleging infringement of their intellectual property rights.

This assignment asks you to apply the defense of “Fair Use” to allegations of copyright infringement .


1.Bookstore copies Ebooks material

2.Without permission of the copyright holder

3.sold to students


Whether Duplo infringed Ebooks copyright

when it copied compiled and sold Ebooks copyrighted material?

Rule: Fair Use

Is a defense to copyright infringement when used for teaching. (Review the chapter on limitations of fair use, one of which is impact on commercial “value:” of copyright material


1.Teaching yup

2.Negative commercial impact


Yes Duplo infringed Ebooks copyright

when it copied compiled and sold Ebooks copyrighted material

Guide to Applying Legal Reasoning to Any Situation

When asked to apply legal reasoning to a fact pattern, please follow this outline.

Identify and list the key facts, selected from the information presented to you. (Short bulleted list)

Write the question of law raised by the facts; include one or more facts to put the question into the context of the current situation. (One sentence)

Identify and describe the rule of law or common law principle applicable to the issue, from the material covered in the relevant chapter. (One sentence, NOT a statute or constitutional provision!)

ANALYSIS (application):
Using the key elements of the rule of law you just wrote to structure your analysis, apply the facts to each element and determine whether each element has been met by a fact. (One sentence for each element)

Using the language of the issue, write an affirmative statement answering the question raised by the issue. (One sentence, just like the issue sentence)

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