This course would explore related and sometimes competing legal and policy frameworks for the development and dissemination of ideas and expression in the Information Age. The ways in which principles of free speech and expression compare and contrast with intellectual property rights will be explored as related to the advancement of knowledge and innovation, with particular focus on the impact of the Internet and new technology. The impact of other legal considerations and values on the development and dissemination of ideas and information (such as security, privacy, local control v. national and international considerations, competition, and the protection of minors) will also be examined. The course will draw upon the contexts of education, business, and government, with a special focus on the changing nature, roles and responsibilities of educational institutions in light of the so-called information revolution.
In Fall 2009 this course will be taught by Bryce Pilz.