INF 390N - Information Policy: Music, Copyright, & Technology
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.
Music, Copyright, & Technology
INF 390N - Music, Copyright, and Technology is designed to introduce students to the history of copyright law and intellectual property in the United States and the technologies that helped shaped it, with a specific focus on printed music and sound recordings. Topics include music sampling in hip-hop music; streaming music laws and artist compensation; ownership and authorship in folk, blues, and other vernacular, oral, and popular musical styles; forensic musicology and music copyright infringement cases; piracy, bootlegging, and torrenting; creative commons, remix culture, and the public domain; and the inner workings of the music business/recording industry.
Although this course uses music as the lens through which to learn about copyright, it also examines copyright in other media, including film, video, photography, etc. I believe that anyone interested in working in libraries, archives, or the academy will gain a great deal of knowledge on copyright and the legal system in the class.
This course is reading and discussion based, and all books, articles, and films are freely available online or through the university library. In addition to reading about the history of copyright law and music/media technology, students will learn to navigate court decisions, legal briefs, and other such documents.
The attached syllabus is derived from the course I taught in Spring 2015.