LIS5411 - Introduction to Information Policy

Welcome to the Course!

This website (and not Canvas) is the primary location for information on the course. Most of the course, and anything suitable for public viewing will be available here.

That being said, Canvas will be used for announcements and assignments, and some discussions (i.e. anything that is private or semi-private.)

Collaborate CLASSIC will likely be used for our class sessions, so please make sure you are able to access that. (Despite "Classic" being slightly worse for broadcasting, Ultra, so far, has been effectively unusable for groupwork. This class has heavy group work and light broadcasting requirements, so Classic it is, for now. We will discuss in class.)

There are no readings or requirements for the first class, just show up. The link is forthcoming, but you can get set up here: https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/v12/Participant/Get_Started

See you in class!

Syllabus

Last Semester Topics

Unit III - Technology, Regulation, and Access


Week 8 - Regulating the Net


https://graydon2.dreamwidth.org/193447.html

http://sixrevisions.com/resources/the-history-of-the-internet-in-a-nutshell/

DIY? Mesh, et al
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37974267
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-a-diy-network-plans-to-subvert-time-warner-cables-nyc-internet-monopoly


The net; today:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jul/14/dennis-cooper-google-censorship-dc-blog
https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/09/a-decentralized-web-would-give-power-back-to-the-people-online/
https://backchannel.com/the-end-of-the-internet-dream-ba060b17da61#.y01ca2r1d

Net Neutrality Today
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/12/ajit-pai-fcc-net-neutrality-open-internet
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/43a5kg/80-percent-net-neutrality-comments-bots-astroturfing

Week 7 - Origins of Regulation


https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=965860
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/471/hout/telecomHistory/

FCC
https://www.ntia.doc.gov/legacy/osmhome/roosa4.html
http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/piac/novmtg/pubint.htm
http://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/20thcentury/regulatingtelevision/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakup_of_the_Bell_System



Unit II - Freely Available information


Week 6 - Responses in IP

Note: Again, lots of topics, we may not get to all of them, but some you might find interesting for paper topics.

Alternate Modes
COMPULSORY LICENSING?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_licensing
https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/music-copyright-compulsory-cover-license.html

Orphan Works
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphan_work
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2008/10/orphan-works-copyright-reform-fails-in-wake-of-bailout-bid/

Piracy?
https://gizmodo.com/the-eu-suppressed-a-300-page-study-that-found-piracy-do-1818629537


DMCA (as a model for prediction of consequences)
https://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/files/dmcapdf.pdf (skim for pertinent info)
https://www.wired.com/2008/10/ten-years-later/
https://www.eff.org/files/2014/09/16/unintendedconsequences2014.pdf

GNU GPL
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt
https://opensource.com/article/17/9/open-source-licensing
https://qz.com/981029/a-federal-court-has-ruled-that-an-open-source-license-is-an-enforceable-contract/


https://library.osu.edu/blogs/copyright/2015/07/29/copyright-as-an-instrument-for-censorship/

For discussion:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52016PC0593&from=en

Week 5 - Problems in IP

(obviously, review last weeks' readings because we didn't get to Copyright/Patent. This looks like a lot, but most are pretty light)

http://www.salon.com/2012/09/19/an_art_history_book_minus_the_art/
http://www.lessig.org/2008/10/a-lesson-in-the-failures-of-fa/
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/fair-use-prevails-as-supreme-court-rejects-google-books-copyright-case/

CREATOR RIGHTS?
https://harpers.org/archive/2007/02/the-ecstasy-of-influence/
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2003/06/harry_potter_and_the_international_order_of_copyright.html


MUSIC
The beginning of the end: http://www.ethanhein.com/wp/2009/biz-markie-gets-the-copyright-smackdown/

LIBRARIANSHIP?
https://go-to-hellman.blogspot.com/2010/01/offline-book-lending-costs-us.html
https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2016/05/31/why-sci-hub-matters/
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/whos-downloading-pirated-papers-everyone

MOVIES
http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/439759688/you-a-big-fan-of-aggressive-ip-enforcement-like


PATENT
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/06/federal-circuit-hits-stupid-patent-owner-fee-award
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/08/intellectual-property?fsrc=rss


wow, I'm linking to cracked:
http://www.cracked.com/pictofacts-687-12-inventions-created-by-different-people-at-same-time/


Week 4 - "Freely Available Information" - INTRO


The basics:
https://www.gameacademy.com/the-four-types-of-intellectual-property-protection/

Intellectual? Property?
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html
http://www.dklevine.com/general/intellectual/coffee.htm

TRADE SECRET
http://www.litigationandtrial.com/2010/05/articles/the-law/for-people/iron-mans-suit-isnt-patented-its-a-trade-secret-seriously/

TRADEMARK, (skim. You find the best stuff in the oddest places sometimes)
http://modernsociety.wikia.com/wiki/Trademark_law

PATENT
https://www.upcounsel.com/patent-law
http://goo.gl/qFVt


COPYRIGHT
http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/my_pubs/anarchism.html
and compare and contrast with
https://web.archive.org/web/20080720143500/http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6529387.html

Browse : https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/four-factors/
(Take special note of the "fifth" fair use factor)
https://undark.org/article/fair-use-become-unfair/


POLICY DOCUMENT - Starting "light"
https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf




Unit I - The Toolbox


Week 2 - Economics and Law


The Econ I'm (not) talking about
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/jul/11/how-economics-became-a-religion

The net's impact
http://www.benkler.org/Benkler_Wealth_Of_Networks_Chapter_1.pdf
http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/519/440

On "Law"
http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/LCS/waldron-cohen.pdf
https://cyber.harvard.edu/works/lessig/finalhls.pdf

Week 3 - The Law and Policy


Review the last weeks' readings on law.

Defining Information Policy - http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/jinfopoli.1.2011.0001
http://www.nap.edu/read/12687/chapter/3
http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~hal/Papers/policy/policy.html

The net
http://www.walthowe.com/navnet/history.html

Info Policy
http://old.law.columbia.edu/my_pubs/barbecue.html



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