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226.12 sec. 001 - Current Topics in Media Law (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Victoria Baranetsky  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.

Meeting:

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 244
    From January 15, 2020
    To February 26, 2020

Course Start: January 15, 2020
Course End: February 26, 2020
Class Number: 32543

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM


This course will explore both traditional and more modern challenges to press freedom, free expression, and media law in the Digital Age. Students will learn traditional governing doctrine regulating newsgathering and publication, including but not limited to defamation, copyright and privacy law; statutory and constitutional work product protections such as the Privacy Protection Act and the California as well as other journalist shield laws; prior restraint; and the protections from criminal liability for the receipt or publication of truthful information. The course will also focus on developments brought about by technology, including data collection tools as well as surveillance and encryption. It will discuss topics such as the impact of different forms of national security surveillance tools (including FRCP 41, FISA, and National Security Letters) on journalist-source relationships; and the role of foreign governments and non-nation state actors in the historically local endeavor of publishing the news. Last, the course will cover transparency laws such as federal and state public records laws. Students will analyze how these frameworks both shape, and are shaped by, politics, theory, markets, and technological change. They will engage with theoretical and historical texts, current case law, and contemporary best practices.


Victoria Baranetsky is general counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, Baranetsky worked at the Wikimedia Foundation, and as a fellow at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and at The New York Times. After graduating from Harvard Law School she received a master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University and clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the Second Circuit. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, a graduate degree from Columbia Journalism School, and currently, is an academic fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. She is barred in California, New York and New Jersey.


Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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Readers:
A reader will be used in this class.

Books:
Required Books are in blue

  • Media Law: Cases & Materials
    Franklin
    Edition: 9th 2016
    ISBN: 9781609304676
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $234.00
    Price Source: user provided

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