Advanced Topics in Digital and Electronic Media Studies: Copyright and Culture

Course Details
Course: 
FILM 189
Instructor: 
Rick Prelinger
Quarter: 
Fall
Academic Year: 
2017-18

Topic:  Who owns culture, and who controls its distribution? Is copyright dying or thriving in the Internet age? How do "intellectual property" laws affect the works we make, and how do they impact the interests of makers, users and distributors? How might copyright law evolve in response to new technologies and new modes of production? Combining discussion, lectures, guest visits, workshops and student presentations, this course will survey copyright law and its interaction with art and culture, focusing especially on moving image, time-based and other digital works. Taking into account the complex balance of interests between artists, users and distributors, new forms of creative works and the continuing prospect of rapid technological change, this class will collaborate to write a new copyright law relevant to the 21st century.