Media Law (102-2)

I.    Goal

  • To offer an overview of contemporary media ethics, policy and legal issues.

II.    References

  • Kenneth Creech, Electronic media law and regulation (2007) (ebook, read via the library).
  • Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media (2004).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture (2004) (free ebook available).
  • Robert W. McChesney, The Problem of the Media: U.S. Communication Politics in the Twenty-First Century, Monthly Review Press (2004).
  • Pool, Ithiel de Sola, Technologies of Freedom. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press, 1983.
  • 石世豪,NCC關鍵報告。
  • 江耀國,有線電視市場與法律。

III.    Grading policy

  • Participation: 40%, in classes and on the Blackboard system. (Mere attendance or forwarding news articles DOES NOT count as participation.)
  • Special Reports: 60%.

IV.    Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

2-18 Course Orientation
2-25 Overview of Media Law
Part I “Traditional” Media Law
3-4 Freedom/Privilege of the Press
3-11 Freedom/Privilege of the Press
3-18 Broadcast Regulation
3-25 Cable and Satellite Regulation
4-1 inter-collegiate activities week (no class)
4-8 The Media and Democracy
4-15 midterm (no class)
4-22 Content Regulation
4-29 Regulation of Commercial Practices
5-6 Privacy Issues
Part II Convergence
5-13 Regulatory Model Change
5-20 Two-sided Market
5-27 The Internet Problem
6-3 Ownership Concentration
6-10 buffer week
6-17 final (no class)

week 1    Course Orientationweek 2    Overview of Media Lawweek 3-4    Topic 1: Freedom/Privilege of the Pressweek 5-6    Topic 2: Privacyweek 7-8    Topic 3: Content Regulation

week 9       (midterm)

week 10-11    Topic 4: Media Ethics

week 12-14   Topic 5: Convergence and New Media

week 15-18    Paper Preparation and Presentations