LIS5411 - Introduction to Information Policy

Welcome to the Course!

This front page - in Canvas - is the primary source of material for this course; everything you need for the course will be available here. Many links go through (including a mirror of this page for backup and emergency purposes); feel free to browse that as well.

Contacting me should be done through regular email, at ( It is my informed opinion that "Canvas Conversations" should be avoided by all, standard email much better respects autonomy and privacy.)

This is techinically a FLEX class, though the overwhelming majority of participants have indicated they will be attending remotely, so you may expect it to be administered exactly as an ONLINE class. I prefer Collaborate over Zoom for this. Here is the official class link:

There is groupwork during classtime - each team will be able to choose for themselves how they will communicate in a live fashion. While Collaborate has functionality for this, it's not very good. Instead, for this I strongly recommend Discord; despite its appearance, I have found it to be the best online work communication platform by a wide margin, More on it here if you're curious why: On Discord .

I have a "server" set up, you may join here -

Since the summer is a bit abbreviated, I'd like to hit the ground running. Please review the following readings,

This all being said, literally nothing will be due or required on the first day except your attendance. See you in class.

+Tentative Future Readings
+Paper Instructions

Week 3 - Responses in IP (2022-05-23)

Cory Doctorow: IP

Alternate Modes
Orphan Works


Week 2 - Freely Available Information (2022-05-16)

Review the "Law" material, and:
The Basics:
The Four Types of Intellectual Property Protection - ( link)

Iron Man's Suit Isn't Patented, It's A Trade Secret (Seriously) | Litigation & Trial

Trademark law | Modern Wiki | Fandom

Patent Law: Everything You Need to Know

Copyright Basics

Rethinking things:

Intellectual? Property?
Did You Say Intellectual Property? Its a Seductive Mirage
Property Rights and Intellectual Property

Heavy ideas: Compare Anarchism Triumphant with Enforcing Copyright

Week 1 - Intro to Info Policy (2022-05-09)

Intro to Info Policy

The Econ I'm (not) talking about
How economics became a religion

On Econ
Wealth of Networks - Benkler
The Attention Economy and the Net

On Law
Transcendental Nonsense
The Law of the Horse

Basic Civics

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