Should he go?

I’m in the midst of designing my graduate media law class for next semester. Even though it isn’t directly part of the interactive communication major (it’s required of all graduate students in the School of Communications, I think), I’m taking a heavily “interactive” leaning to it. That means that instead of spending 80% of the time on freedom of the press and libel, which is the standard sort of thing, I’m going to be spending a *lot* more time on things like telecommunications regulation, privacy, intellectual property (with a good look at virtual environments and the rise of DiY fabrication), digital rights management, jurisdictional issues related to the internet and that sort of thing. Oh, and so we’ll be talking about mash-ups, like this one (via chutry):

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  1. Jon Cooper
    Posted 10/31/2006 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    First, that video is brilliant!

    Second, I think it’s important to focus the media law class on emerging media. Libel laws are important — obviously — but finding out how remixing other’s work is important. Especially with what is happening now!

  2. Posted 11/1/2006 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    You know, when I see mashups like this, it always reminds me of a Max Headroom episode in which a video of a politican speaking is seamlessly edited to change his words. Obviously mashups like these are nothing like that, but I’m wondering how far off we are from being able to perform that kind of modification in a believeable manner and what that will mean for the credibility of video as any kind of authoratative source.

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