INF 390N - Information Policy: Music, Copyright, & Technology

Spring 2017
Unique ID: 28100
Syllabus:   Syllabus
Prof:  Davidson, Mark
Room: UTA 1.204
Days:  Mon
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.

Critical examination of conflicts and trends in information policy in private organizations and in federal, state, and international public-sector organizations.

Three lecture hours a week for one semester.

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Topic Description:
Music, Copyright, & Technology

Detailed Course Summary:
Information Policy: Music, Copyright, and Technology is designed
to introduce students to the ways in which art and culture
affect, and are affected by, intellectual property laws and
customs. Music will be the primary lens though which these issues
are viewed, though we will also investigate the legal
implications of IP laws in other realms, including film,
photography, and other visual and material culture. Students are
strongly encouraged to tailor their work and final projects to
their particular career and disciplinary interests.

We’ll weave our way through this world in a consciously
interdisciplinary manner. Students will learn to navigate the
murky and sometimes-abstruse waters of intellectual property law
through reading court cases, statutes, and law review articles,
while supplementing these texts with critical readings from
disciplines including musicology and ethnomusicology, media
studies, cultural studies, information studies, sound studies,
and digital humanities. No legal or musical background is

Topics will include:

• History of U.S. and international copyright and intellectual
property law
• History of recorded sound and recording formats
• History of the U.S. and international music business
• Borrowing, ownership, and authorship in music and the arts
• Copyright infringement cases (“Blurred Lines,” George
Harrison, John Fogerty,
• Sampling and hip-hop music; Mashups and DJ culture
• Music piracy (torrents, tape trading and musical
• Music streaming (music discovery, identity and privacy,
artists rights and royalties)
• Evaluating archival and commercial online music platforms
• Archival ethics and the repatriation of cultural materials

Information Policy: Music, Copyright, and Technology (INF 390N,
Unique ID# 28100) meets Monday evenings, 6-9 pm in UTA 1.204 at
the School of Information building, 1616 Guadalupe Street.

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