Course Description

601:626. MEDIA LAW (3) WI/WI*


Introduction to the law governing digital, broadcast, and cable media content, transmission, and use.  We will explore questions such as: Who is a journalist? What liability is there for defamation online? What is the difference between cable regulation and Internet regulation? Who exercises power over the media?  What kinds of media regulation are consistent with the First Amendment? We will look at issues of first amendment, tort, intellectual property and regulation, with special emphasis on how theories of newsgathering rights and responsibilities work in the digital world. There will be a final exam and short writing exercises.