Intellectual property in the age of new media
NB! This is only a development "sandbox" - the real course will be located at the Owl Academy.
Main idea - to introduce various models of author motivation and related legal frameworks. A special focus is on the newer alternative ideas to traditional copyright (e.g. Free Software/Open Source, Creative Commons etc).
- 16 weeks (one semester/term) - one 1.5-hour session (lecture or lab) weekly plus independent work.
- 3.0 Estonian academic credits, 4.0 ECTS credits
- Intro: the author vs the information society
- The history and development of copyright
- The proprietary world: WIPO and its ideas of intellectual property
- Contracts and licenses
- The hacker approach: the development of free licenses
- The Millennium Bug in the WIPO model
- One Microsoft Way: the world of proprietary software
- The uneasy alliance: Free Software vs Open Source
- The content models: Creative Commons
- The digital enforcement: DRM and others
- Hybrid approaches
- What about the future?
- paper + slides + oral presentation
- link portfolio (Technorati or similar)
- Barlow, J. P. (1996) A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
- George, J.F. (2003) Computers in Society: Privacy, Ethics and the Internet. Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey
- Jacob, R., Alexander, D., Lane, L. (2004) A Guidebook to Intellectual Property. Patents, Trade Marks, Copyright and Designs. Sweet & Maxwell.
- Himanen, P. (2004) Challenges of the Global Information Society. report for the Committee for the Future in Parliament of Finland.
- Himanen, P. (2001) Hacker Ethic. Random House
- Himanen, P. (2002) Häkkerieetika ja informatsiooniajastu vaim. Kunst, Tallinn (Estonian translation of Hacker Ethic)
- Lessig, L. (2004). Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity. The Penguin Press.
- Martin, B. (1998) Information Liberation: Challenging the Corruptions of Information Power. Freedom Press, London.
- Stallman, R. (2002). Free Software, Free Society. Ed. Joshua Gay. GNU Press
- Wynants, M., Cornelis, J., eds (2005) How Open is the Future? Economic, Social and Cultural Scenarios inspired by Free & Open-Source Sofware. CrossTalks, VUB Brussels University Press 2005.