The seminar will cover copyright, libel, privacy, newsgathering, protecting sources and materials, advertising, and Web publishing. We will discuss what rights a print or digital publisher might acquire from a writer, photographer or blogger, and how publishers exploit those rights once obtained. We will work through the copyright issues relating to digital archives, Internet service providers, and search engines on the Internet, including direct and contributory copyright infringement, the fair use doctrine and the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
For libel, privacy and newsgathering, we will read the most salient cases and statutes; watch broadcasts that resulted in litigations; learn how to find and fix legal issues prepublication; and pick apart hypothetical situations in print, on the Internet and in video. We will discuss how reporters and news organizations protect sources in light of recent case law and examine the evolving definition of journalist in the age of the ubiquitous blogger. We will compare notions of privacy and free expression in the United States and abroad. At least one class will feature a special guest.
Section Offerings for 2012-13
|L8169-001||13S||Media Law from Print to Digital|
|E. Klaris ...||M 6:20 PM-8:10 PM||WJWH 103|
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