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::*Landes & Posner, [http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/IPCoop/89land1.html An Economic Analysis of Copyright Law]
::*Landes & Posner, [http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/IPCoop/89land1.html An Economic Analysis of Copyright Law]
::*The 1976 Copyright Act:  sections 101, 102, 103, 106, 107 [http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/usc_sup_01_17_10_1.html 17 USC s101 et seq.]
::*The 1976 Copyright Act:  sections 101, 102, 103, 106, 107 [http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/usc_sup_01_17_10_1.html 17 USC s101 et seq.]
* '''19 April''' Technology overview: DRM and the technology of copying (presenter: Keunwoo)
::Read, prior to class:
::*Cory Doctorow, [http://www.craphound.com/msftdrm.txt DRM talk given at Microsoft Research], 17 June 2004
::*Peter Biddle et al., [http://crypto.stanford.edu/DRM2002/darknet5.doc The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution] (Word document; [ Google HTML cache]
::*Kocher et al., [http://www.cryptography.com/resources/whitepapers/SelfProtectingContent.pdf Self-Protecting Digital Content], Techical Report from Cryptography Research, Inc.
==Mailing list==
==Mailing list==

Revision as of 20:57, 12 April 2005

Society and technology seminar: SLN 9061 CSE 590 SO, Tue 12:30-1:20, CSE 403

Spring 2005: Ebooks

For several millenia, books have been the primary means used in society to attempt to permanently record and hand down knowledge. By the late 20th Century, books were part of a complex system involving readers, publishers, and authors, each of whose rights were balanced by two hundred years of copyright law. The massive growth of distribution of information in digital form at the end of the 20th Century, including electronic books or "ebooks," created a new environment which challenges the existing balance.

This seminar will explore the present issues surrounding ebooks, including the implications for readers, the law, and technology. No prior background in computer science or law is required. The first weeks of the quarter will focus on a framework for discussion, followed by several theme sessions on various topics.

See Ebook seminar for more information.

Contact information: This course is being organized by Josh Franklin (joshuadf at u), Keunwoo Lee (klee at cs), and Ben Dugan (brd at u).

Schedule overview

  • 29 March Introduction (presenter: Josh)
  • David Levy "A Bit of Digital History" Scrolling Forward p. 137-157 (20 pages)
Recommended Optional Reading:
  • 5 April Conceptual Framework (presenter: Josh)
Read, prior to class:
  • iSchool basics for CSE and Law people
  • basics of manufacture and distribution
  • featuring codecs, The Internet, Copyright, Licensing, and DRM
  • as distribution costs approach zero, what happens to production?
  • 12 April Copyright Law Intro (presenter: Ben)
Read, prior to class:
  • 19 April Technology overview: DRM and the technology of copying (presenter: Keunwoo)
Read, prior to class:

Mailing list



to sign up for the course mailing list. You will need a UW NetID. Contact Keunwoo if you have any difficulty signing up.

Administrative info

Course grading and credit-load policies: Subject to change, but variable credits are available to meet differing levels of participation:

  • Sign up for 1 credit if you plan to attend, do the readings, and participate in discussions.
  • Sign up for 2 credits if you wish to lead a discussion/present, OR write a short paper.
  • Sign up for 3 credits if you wish to either (a) lead a discussion/present, AND write a short paper, or (b) write one long paper.

Past seminars