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Media Law

Build your expertise in legal frameworks and ethical issues surrounding design and digital media

Media Law

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Estimated 14 weeks
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About this course

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Knowledge of media law is crucial for creative and design professionals. This course explores a comprehensive range of topics and models, such as privacy and art, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Open Source public license, Creative Commons, Digital Rights Management, as well as working definitions of Fair Use and the practical limits of sampling/mixing in different idioms and economic sectors.

At a glance

  • Institution: NYUx
  • Subject: Art & Culture
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:

    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

What you'll learn

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  • Legal and ethical frameworks in digital media.
  • U.S. law pertaining to the creation of video, film, apps, websites, games, digital objects and other forms of digital media.
  • U.S. Federal Court decisions as they have applied to controversial works of digital media.
  • The difference between ownership, sharing, borrowing, etc. and the relevant concepts of Intellectual Property as they apply to various creative practices.
  • New advances in U.S. law and their effects on the future creation of digital media.

Week 1

Introduction to Media Law

  • Explain the basic legal functions of the three branches of the US government.

  • Differentiate between the courts that comprise the US judiciary system.

  • Describe the components of a legal case and predict future outcomes.

Week 2

Copyright Law

  • Identify the components of US copyright law.

  • Explain the legal justifications behind the outcomes of precedent setting copyright cases.

Week 3

Copyright & Art

  • Evaluate the legal ramifications of past controversial media works in copyright.

  • Synthesize aspects of copyright law within the creation of new work.

Week 4

DMCA

  • Describe the components of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

  • Explain the legal justifications behind the outcomes of precedent setting DMCA cases.

Week 5

Music

  • Evaluate the legal ramifications of past controversial musical works.

  • Predict the outcomes of future legal challenges in music

Week 6

First Amendment

  • Describe the components of the First Amendment.

  • Explain the legal justifications behind the outcomes of precedent setting First Amendment cases.

Week 7

First Amendment & Art

  • Evaluate the legal ramifications of past controversial First Amendment works.

  • Predict the outcomes of future legal challenges in music.

Week 8

Patents

  • Describe the components of US Patent law.

  • Explain the legal justifications behind the outcomes of precedent setting Patent Law cases.

Week 9

Comedy, Choreography, & Creative Commons

  • Evaluate the legal ramifications of past controversial works in comedy and choreography.

  • Predict the outcomes of future legal challenges in comedy and choreography.

  • Explain the function of creative commons licensing and use it in your work.

Week 10

Privacy Law

  • Describe the components of US privacy law.

  • Explain the legal justifications behind the outcomes of precedent-setting privacy law cases

Week 11

Privacy & Art

  • Evaluate the legal ramifications of past controversial privacy works.

  • Predict the outcomes of future legal challenges in privacy works.

Week 12

Trademark Law

  • Describe the components of US trademark law.

  • Explain the legal justifications behind the outcomes of precedent-setting trademark law cases.

Week 13

Trademarks & Art

  • Evaluate the legal ramifications of past controversial media works in trademark.

  • Synthesize aspects of trademark law within the creation of new work.

Week 14

Contracts

  • Describe the components of US contract law.

  • Identify crucial elements of contract law in future contract negotiations.

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