SemesterFall Semester, 2019
DepartmentCollege of Communication Specialized Subjects for Freshman and Sophomore Majors
Course NameMedia and Entertainment Law in the Digital Age
InstructorLU CHIEN-CHIH
Credit3.0
Course TypeElective
Prerequisite
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

In each class, Students are expected to read the weekly articles and participate in discussions related to each week’s topic. If you have to miss a class or meet any problem, please send email to me. There will be no grade deduction for reasonably excused absences. However, to attend each class should be compulsory.  



Students will be required to prepare an analytical paper regarding digital technology issues in assigned entertainment and media industry. The potential paper topics will be highly encouraged to work with instructors to develop, and instructors will make them available for discussion and preparation. The detail group list, subject assignments and the form requirements of paper reports will be announced after our first class.



 



TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE:







































































Date



Topic/Event & Readings



W1



CLASS INTRODUCTION



◆ Jonathan Taplin, Has the Digital Revolution Led to Cultural Devolution? Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law, Spring 2012, Vo11. Issue 1, p243-250



W2



Digital Revolution in Entertainment Industry



An Overview and the Changing Scene



Kal Raustiala and Chris Springman, The Second Digital Disruption: Streaming & the Dawn of Data-Driven Creativity, N.Y.U. L. Rev. (forthcoming) 



W3



FILM INDUSTRY SERIES 1



Hollywood Deals, Monopoly Power and  Film Industry




  • Alexandra Gil, Breaking The Studios: Antitrust and The Motion Picture Industry, NYU Journal Of Law And Liberty, Volume 83 Number 3 (2008)

  • Jonathan M. Barnett, Hollywood Deals: Soft Contracts For Hard Markets, Duke Law Journal, Volume 64 Number 4 (January 2015)



W4



FILM INDUSTRY SERIES 2



The Huge Controversy Streaming Media Caused (1): How Money Ball Push Us to Reconisder Film Policy?




  • Michael D. Smith , Rahul Telang, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment ( The MIT Press, 2016), Chapter I: Good Times, Bad Times (p.1-59)

  • Michael D. Smith , Rahul Telang, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment ( The MIT Press, 2016), Chapter II: Changes ( p.63-102)



W5



FILM INDUSTRY SERIES 4



The Huge Controversy Streaming Media Caused (2): Streaming Media and Industrial Chain




  • Michael D. Smith , Rahul Telang, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment ( The MIT Press, 2016), Chapter II: Changes ( p.103-152)

  • Michael D. Smith , Rahul Telang, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future /of Entertainment ( The MIT Press, 2016), Chapter II: Changes ( p.153-186)



W6



TV & NEWS INDUSTRY SERIES 1 



New Media: Democratic Platform or an Existential Threat to Our Idea of Democracy?





 






W7



TV & NEWS INDUSTRY SERIES 2



Free Culture




  • Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity, Penguin Books (2005), p.1-61

  • Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity, Penguin Books (2005), p.61-101



W8



TV & NEWS INDUSTRY SERIES 3



Sharing Economy




  • Lawrence Lessig,Remix- Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy ,Chapter 4 - RW, Revived, Penguin Books (2005), p.51-82.

  • Lawrence Lessig, Remix- Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy ,Two Economies, Penguin Books (2005), p.117-172.



W9



MUSIC LAW SERIES 1



History of the Music Industry: Technology, Culture, Law, Institutions



Peter S. Menell, This American Copyright Life: Reflections on Re-equilibrating Copyright for the Internet Age, 61 Journal of The Copyright Society 235 (2014)






W10



MUSIC LAW SERIES 2



The Distribution Right, First-Sale, and Import-Export



Peter DiCola, Money from Music: Survey Evidence on Musicians’ Revenue and Lessons About Copyright Incentives, January 9, 2013.



◆ Micharetel Carrier, Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story Wisconsin Law Review 891, 2012



W11



MUSIC INDUSTRY SERIES 3



Fair Use and Culture Promotion in Digital Age



◆ Peter S. Menell, Adapting Copyright for the Mashup Generation, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 164, Issue 2, (Jan. 2016).



◆ Robert P Merges, Compulsory Licensing vs. the Three "Golden Oldies" Property Rights, Contracts, and Markets, Cato Policy Analysis, No.508, p.1-11 (Jan. 25, 2004).



W12



Asian Perspectives 1



Intellectual Property Law in the Digital Age




  • John Fang-jun Li, The development of the digital music industry in China during the first decade of the 21st century with particular regard to industrial convergence, International Journal of Music Business Research, Vol. 2, Issue 1, p.63-86 (2013).

  • David Herlihy, Yu Zhang, Music industry and copyright protection in the United States and China, Global Media and China, Vol 1, Issue 4, p.391, 393-395, 397 (Dec. 2016).



 



W13



Asian Perspectives 2



Media Law in the Digital Age




  • Benjamin Liebman and Tim Wu, China's Network Justice (January 9, 2007). Columbia Public Law Research Paper No. 07-143. 

  • Eric Priest, Copyright and Free Expression in China's Film Industry, Forham IP, Media & Entertainment Law Journal Volume 26 (2015)

  • Steve Tsang, Taiwan's Impact on China: Why Soft Power Matters More Than Economic or Political Inputs, Palgrave Macmillan (2017)



W15-17



Asian Perspectives 3



Cultural Impact and Legal Reform




  • William P. Alford, To Steal a Book Is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford Univ. Press 1995)

  • Timm Neu, Bollywood is coming! Copyright and Film Industry Issues Regarding International Film Co-Productions Involving India, Cornell Law School Graduate Student Papers. Paper 14 (2007).

  • Steve Tsang, Taiwan's Impact on China: Why Soft Power Matters More Than Economic or Political Inputs, Palgrave Macmillan (2017)



FIELD TRIP & Off-CAMPUS TEACHING




  • 8:30am- 12:00pm Communication Software Company (TBD)



Introduction & Tour by  Corporate Affairs Team



Meeting and Topic Discussion with  Legal Counsel




  • 12:00pm- 2:00pm Lunch and Group Oral Presentation (estimated 20mins/per group)

  • Group Oral Presentation & Teacher Comment (20mins to per group)

  • 2:00pm- 5:00pm Digital Media Company (TBD)



Introduction and Tour



Meeting and Topic Discussion with Legal Counsel



Topic: Digital Content Licensing and Legal Strategies in the Era of Digital Convergence(TBD)



◆ 5:00pm- 6:00pm General Discussion and Wrap-up



W18



CLASS CONCLUSION & DISCUSSION




  • Group Oral Presentation (estimated 20mins per group)

  • Q&A and Comment (estimated 10mins to per group)

  • Keynote Speech (estimated 25mins)



Speaker: TBD



Topic: My Interdisciplinary Experiences in Taiwan:



New Media, Entertainment Industry Law and Practice (TBD)



◆ General Discussion




 



 


Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant
Requirement/Grading

EVALUATION CRITERIA:








      • Class participation, attendance,&homework 20%

      • Topical presentation and respond (Group) 30%

      • Term paper (Group) 50%

      • Total 100%






Textbook & Reference

  • Recommended Materials: 

  • Jeanne C. Fromer, Christopher Jon Sprigman, Copyright Law: Cases and Materials (v1.0) (free textbook 1st ed., 2019)

  • Sherri L. Burr, Entertainment Law in a Nutshell ( West Academic Publishing, 2017 ) 

  • Michael D. Smith , Rahul Telang, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment ( The MIT Press, 2016) 


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