Quiz and slides on intellectual property

I have posted the slides on last week’s discussion of intellectual property.

You will also find this week’s take-home quiz on intellectual property under Course Documents.


Talking about copyright

In preparation for Tuesday’s class, I would like you to read a blog post I wrote on talks that are taking place between Microsoft and the newspaper industry, led by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The struggle between news organizations and online aggregators gets to the heart of what constitutes fair use in the digital age.

If you are not a regular visitor, please take a look at Google News and Newser, and get a feel for how they work.

The end of the semester approaches

After today’s class, we will have just three more classes before the end of the semester. I want to let you know about a couple of upcoming events.

First, you will see on the syllabus that I’ve scheduled a quiz on copyright law for Tuesday, December 1. This will be a take-home. I’ll give you an assignment on December 1 that will be due on Friday, December 4. So there will be no more in-class quizzes or tests.

Second, as you know, we will have a take-home final. I will make the final available to you on our last day of class, Tuesday, December 8. The deadline will be Monday, December 14, at 10 a.m. Unlike your research paper, you will be allowed to turn it in by e-mail.

Even though I am giving you nearly a week to complete your final, it should not take any more than two or three hours. The reason I’m stretching it out is that the weekend may be the best time for some of you.

Privacy slides now online

I have now posted the slides to last week’s two discussions on privacy law.

Getting ready for Friday’s quiz

Tomorrow you will take a quiz on libel. It will be multiple-choice with a bonus question that calls for a short essay. Unlike the mid-term, notes will not be permitted. You will have a half-hour, after which we will have a class discussion about the Boston Herald libel case. The reading is not that extensive — please do it and be prepared to  participate.

In order to study for the quiz, make sure you familiarize yourself with the basic principles of libel and the court cases that you have read and discussed in class. Be sure to go over the reading, your notes and the two sets of lecture slides that have been posted.

If you do all that, I have little doubt that you’ll do well.

Times v. Sullivan aftermath

I’ve now posted the slides from our discussion earlier today on the aftermath of Times v. Sullivan.

Libel presentation now online

I’ve posted Tuesday’s slideshow on Times v. Sullivan and libel law under Lecture Slides. For some reason, I’ve had trouble getting the updated version embedded. So if you see any blue slides, you may want to click on the link and read the presentation at the SlideShare site instead.