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Communications Law

T 2:10p-4:00p
Course Number: 21548-01
CRN: 23099   
2 Units

This overview course will address selected issues in broadcast, telephony, and cable regulation. Topics will include broadcasters' "public trustee" obligations, the digital television transition, cable must-carry rules, and application of telephony-based rules to the Internet. There will be almost-weekly one-page writing assignments and a three-hour exam. Self-scheduled examination or paper option. S. P. Crawford.

Intro to Intellectual Property and Development
MW 10:45a-12:00p
Course Number: 21440-01
CRN: 23097
Madhavi Sunder
2 Units

Do intellectual property rights help or harm the world's poor? The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) stands on the verge of adopting a "develpment agenda" that would potentially rewrite that body's mandate, placing the concerns of the poor at the center of international intellectual property law and policy. This course will introduce the legal and institutional architecture of international intellectual property, with special emphasis on the challenges of integrating development concerns therein. We will draw upon empirical research and interdisciplinary literature in development and cultural studies to explore more deeply the links between cultural production and development. Economic remuneration from cultural production will be an important source of revenue and stimulus for development in the Knowledge Age. At the same time, royalty demands from intellectual property owners may at times retard development. We will take up several critical issues in international intellectual property, including health, traditional knowledge, geographical indications, agriculture, genetic resources, open source collaboration, and access to knowledge. Paper required. M. Sunder.

Internet Law
TTh 9:45a- 11:00a
CRN: 23098
Susan Crawford

The digital world presents a host of novel legal questions. This overview course will explore specific problems that arise in the context of applying law to cyberspace in areas such as intellectual property, jurisdiction, privacy, and content control. Students with familiarity with the Internet and its resources or with backgrounds in some of the substantive fields explored in this course are especially welcome, but there are no formal prerequisites. There will be almost-weekly one-page writing assignments and a three-hour exam. Self-scheduled examination or paper option. S. P. Crawford.

Access to Knowledge Practicum
T 10:10- 12:00 on the SLB bulding, Room: 108.
Course Number: 20428
CRN: 20041
Laura DeNardis and Lea Shaver
2 Units

Access to Knowledge Practicum (20428). 2 units, credit/fail. Students in this course will work on projects that promote innovation and distributive justice through the reform of intellectual property and telecommunications laws, treaties, and policies both internationally and in specific countries. These laws, treaties, and policies shape the delivery of health care services, technology, telecommunications access, education, and culture around the globe. Students will supplement their projects with theoretical readings and frequent contact with Information Society Project Fellows. Paper required. Permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to eight. E. Katz.

Reading Group: Technology, Law,  Society,  Values, and Design
Tuesdays 6:10-8:00 p.m.
Seminar Leader: Michael Zimmer

The starting point of this reading group is the position that the spheres of technology, society, law, and values are engaged in an eternal dance, each guiding, influencing, and reacting to the other. Technologies are socially constructed, but also shape society. Values are embedded in technologies and reflected in law. Laws react to technologies and form the basis for society. Where these spheres intersect rests the notion of design, the ways in which technologies are built, laws are crafted, values are embedded, and society is shaped. This reading group will map the terrain of the complex interrelationships between technology, society, law, values, and design, bringing together disparate theories from law, philosophy, ethics, sociology, media theory, science and technology studies, and information science. The reading group will cover key readings selected on the basis of: 1) their depth, rigor, aspirational ideals, contribution to foundational thinking, influence on discourse, etc. and 2) their coverage of as broad a range of topics as possible, including privacy, social software, information policy, information intermediaries, sustainable technologies, digital rights, and Internet governance.