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Free Course: Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms
7/13

Free Course: Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms

Mon., Jul. 13
Online
$0.00

Come join us for the initial offering of a free online course entitled: “Internet Giants: The Law and Economics of Media Platforms,” beginning on July 13 . Randal C. Picker, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, will be teaching this class that explores the complex and sometimes adversarial relations between law and modern technology.

Major topics will cover:

  • Microsoft - The U.S. and European Union cases against Microsoft that arose when competition between the free-standing personal computer and the Internet world was at its height;
  • Google - The fight over Google Search in the United States and Europe;
  • Smartphones - The complex legal infrastructure of smartphones and tablets and the ongoing antitrust, patent and copyright litigation among manufacturers and over the iPhone/iOS and the Android operating system.
  • Net neutrality - The debate over network neutrality and efforts by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to produce sensible and sustainable nondiscrimination conditions for the Internet all situated in the history of communications platforms such as the post office;
  • Music-sharing - The history of music technology in the home (the Victrola and the player piano), the creation of radio and then the modern era: the rise of peer-to-peer music sharing and the copyright issues and litigation that have followed and then digital distribution (iTunes and Spotify);
  • Video: Listening and Watching - The road from government regulation of the radio spectrum to the development of cable TV, the VCR, DVDs, digital television, and the challenges faced by emerging video distribution technologies like Netflix and Aereo;
  • E-Book - The rise of the ebook and the era of the mediated book, focusing on Google, Amazon and Apple.

View the full description.

The class will be hosted on Coursera and will be entirely self-paced, allowing you to engage at the level and frequency best suited to your life. Sign-up to be notified when class opens on July 13.

Alumni of The University of Chicago are invited to register for a private cohort session, where they will have access to unique content and live interaction with Professor Picker.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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