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We strongly recommend taking the Integrated Digital Media MicroMasters in the following sequence:
  1. Creative Coding
  2. Theories of Media and Technology
  3. Media Law
  4. Integrated Digital Media Capstone

About this course

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This advanced seminar explores in depth the theoretical and practical aspects of media-communications principles and regulations. Knowledge of media law is crucial for professionals. A full range of models will be explored, from Open Source public license to Digital Rights Management, as well as working definitions of Fair Use and the practical limits of sampling/mixing in different idioms and economic sectors.

What you'll learn

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  • The legal and ethical framework surrounding issues in digital media
  • To understand the intricacies of the law as it pertains to creating video, film, apps, websites, games, digital objects and other forms of digital media
  • To research and read U.S. Federal Court decisions to understand the law, and apply that to actual works of digital media
  • To distinguish between ownership, sharing, borrowing, etc.; and the relevant concepts of Intellectual Property applicable to various creative practices
  • About new advances in the law and its relation to the creation of digital media

Week 1: Intro to Media Law

Week 2: What Makes Something (Art) “Illegal”?

Week 3: Copyright

Week 4: Patents

Week 5: Trademarks

Week 6: First Amendment & Freedom of Speech

Week 7: Artistic Freedom, Parody, Copyleft

Week 8: Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA)

Week 9: Music & the Law

Week 10: Midterm

Week 11: Ownership of Culture & Fashion

Week 12: Trademarks & Art

Week 13: Final Project Submission

Meet your instructors

Beth Rosenberg
Adjunct Professor
New York University
Erik Dykema
Adjunct Professor
New York University

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