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This seven-week course will explore the relationship between law and technology with a strong focus on the law of the United States with some comparisons to laws around the world, especially in Europe. Tech progress is an important source of economic growth and raises broader questions about the human condition, including how culture evolves and who controls that evolution. Technology also matters in countless other ways as it often establishes the framework in which governments interact with their citizens, both in allowing speech and blocking it and in establishing exactly what the boundaries are between private life and the government. And technology itself is powerfully shaped by the laws that apply in areas as diverse as copyright, antitrust, patents, privacy, speech law and the regulation of networks. The course will explore seven topics: 1. Microsoft: The Desktop vs. The Internet. We will start with a look at the technology path that led to the first personal computer in early 1975, the Altair 8800. That path starts with the vacuum tube, moves to transistors, then to integrated circuits and finally to the microprocessor. We will look at the early days of software on the personal computer and the competition between selling software and open-source approaches as well as the problem of software piracy. We will discus the public good nature of software. The 1981 launch of the IBM PC revolutionized the personal computer market and started the path to Microsoft's powerful position and eventual monopoly in that market with the selection of MS-DOS. We then turn to four antitrust cases against Microsoft: (1) the 1994 U.S. case relating to MS-DOS licensing practices; (2) the U.S. antitrust middleware case over Microsoft’s response to Netscape Navigator; (3) the European Union case regarding Windows Media Player; and (4) the EU browser case over Internet Explorer. These disputes arose at the point of maximal competition between the free-standing personal computer and the Internet world that would come after it and we may know enough now to assess how these cases influenced that competition. 2. Google Emerges (and the World Responds). Google has emerged as one of the dominant platforms of the Internet era and that has led to corresponding scrutiny by regulators throughout the world. Decisions that Google makes about its algorithm can be life altering. Individuals are finding it more difficult to put away past mistakes, as Google never forgets, and businesses can find that their sales plummet if Google moves them from the first page of search results to a later page. With great power comes scrutiny and we will look at how government regulators have evaluated how Google has exercised its power. Both the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Union have undertaken substantial investigations of Google’s practices and we will look at both of those. 3. Smartphones. The Internet started on the desktop but the Internet is increasingly mobile and people are seemingly tethered to their smartphones and tablets. And we have seen an interesting shift in that market away from Nokia handsets and the Blackberry to Apple's iPhone and its iOS platform and to the Android platform. The legal infrastructure of smartphones and tablets is extraordinarily complex. We will start by looking at U.S. spectrum policy and the effort to free up 500 megahertz of spectrum. We will look at the activities of standard setting organizations, including the IEEE and the creation of the 802.11 standard and Wi-Fi (or, if you prefer, wifi), the creation of patent pools and the regulation of standard essential patents. We will look at the FTC action against Google/Motorola Mobility and Apple's lawsuit against Samsung over utility and design patents relating to the iPhone. Finally, we will take a brief look at the European Commission's investigation into the Android platform. 4. Nondiscrimination and Network Neutrality. Facebook has more than 1 billion users and measure that against a world population of roughly 7 billion and a total number of Internet users of roughly 2.5 billion. A course on law and technology simply has to grapple with the basic framework for regulating the Internet and a key idea there is the notion of network neutrality. Nondiscrimination obligations are frequent in regulated network industries, but at the same, discrimination can be an important tool of design for communication networks. We will start our look at the Internet by looking at the great first communications network of the United States, the post office and will look in particular at the Post Office Act of 1845. We will then move to modern times and will consider efforts by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to produce sensible and sustainable nondiscrimination conditions for the Internet and will touch briefly on comparisons from around the world. 5. The Day the Music Died? In many ways, the Internet came first to music with the rise of peer-to-peer (p2p) music sharing through Napster and its successors. We start with a look into music platform history and the devices that brought recorded music into the home: the phonograph and the player piano. We turn to radio and the legal regime that puts music on the airwaves, the performing rights organizations like ASCAP and BMI. We look at the antitrust issues associated with the blanket license. We consider a failed music platform, digital audio tape, and the complicated legal regime associated with it, the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992. We will consider the copyright issues raised by the creation and distribution of music and the litigation over the p2p technologies such as Napster and Grokster. The music industry responded to p2p technology by adding digital rights management tools to CDs. As music distribution switched from physical media to digital distribution, we entered the world of Apple and the iPod and iTunes. We consider the DRM issues associated with Apple's music platform as seen by Steve Jobs. We conclude by looking at emerging subscription services like Spotify and the service that Apple is building based on its purchase of Beats. 6. Video: Listening and Watching. Images are some of the most powerful ways in which ideas and speech are communicated and video has long been regulated by the state. That starts as a communications law issue with government regulation of the radio spectrum, but also leads to the design of the television system with the assignment of channels and eventually the definition of digital television. And with the emergence first of cable TV and subsequently the VCR critical copyright roadblocks had to be overcome for new distribution technologies to emerge. We will consider the legal engineering that led to the DVD platform, which was an exercise in patent pools and trademark creation. We will sort through the creation of the digital TV platform and will also look at the copyright underpinnings for Netflix. And we will consider the question of technology neutrality in the content of the copyright fight over a new video distribution entrant, Aereo. Finally, we close the week with a brief look at the incentive spectrum auctions and the possible end of broadcast television. 7. The Mediated Book. Gutenberg revolutionized books with his printing press and for academics, books are sacred objects. But the printed book is on the run and with the rise of the ebook, we are entering a new era, the era of the mediated book. This is more than just a change in technology. We will look at the issues created by the rise of the ebook, issues about control over content and licensing and of the privacy of thought itself. We will also look at the legal skirmishes over this space, including the copyright fair use litigation over Google Books, the Apple e-book antitrust case. And we will look at the Amazon Kindle platform....
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完成时间为 21 分钟

Introduction to the Course

This is a course on the law and economics of media platforms. Media delivery is frequently organized around a set of tools that bring together different parties to interact. Edison’s phonograph and wax cylinders did that, bringing together music producers and consumers wanting to listen to music at home, but so does Microsoft Windows, which sits between software developers and computer users....
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2 个视频(共 11 分钟), 1 个阅读材料
Video2 个视频
Trailer2分钟
Course Overview8分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Welcome to the Course!10分钟

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完成时间为 6 小时

Microsoft: The Desktop v. The Internet

In this module, we will focus on Microsoft and its arc from start up to dominance and repeated antitrust target. We will look at the technology leading to the personal computer and the release of the IBM PC in August, 1981 and then the rise of Microsoft from there. We will turn to antitrust actions against Microsoft, first in the United States in 1994 for its MS-DOS licensing practices and then again in the United States in 1998 for its response to the Internet and Netscape Navigator. We will then turn to two competition policy actions against Microsoft in Europe....
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18 个视频(共 137 分钟), 16 个阅读材料, 7 个测验
Video18 个视频
The 1956 AT&T Settlement5分钟
The Path to the CPU5分钟
Building BASIC6分钟
Selling Software?7分钟
The Rise of Microsoft and the Personal Computer Era6分钟
The 1994 Licensing Case: Microsoft's Monopoly8分钟
The 1994 Licensing Case: Anticompetitive Licenses8分钟
The 1994 Licensing Case: Anticompetitive Licenses: Analytics6分钟
The Rise of the Internet and Netscape Part One5分钟
The Rise of the Internet and Netscape Part Two9分钟
The U.S. Sues Microsoft (Again) Part One5分钟
The U.S. Sues Microsoft (Again) Part Two9分钟
Resolution in the U.S.6分钟
Remedies: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Microsoft?8分钟
Windows Media Player in Europe11分钟
Europe Looks at Internet Explorer7分钟
Wrap Up: What Have We Learned?7分钟
Reading16 个阅读材料
Top Readings10分钟
Slides for Module10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
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Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
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Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Updates and Corrections10分钟
Sources and Copyright Statement10分钟
Quiz7 个练习
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
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Graded Quiz24分钟

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完成时间为 8 小时

Google Emerges (and the World Responds)

In this module, we will focus on Google and its arc from 1998 start up to dominance and repeated antitrust target. We will look at the underlying tech, two-sided markets and auctions and then at antitrust investigations in the U.S. and the EU....
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26 个视频(共 260 分钟), 16 个阅读材料, 7 个测验
Video26 个视频
Overview3分钟
The State of the Internet Circa 20008分钟
A Brief Tour of the Federal Trade Commission6分钟
Regulating Search Engines 1.0 Part One7分钟
Regulating Search Engines 1.0 Part Two4分钟
Inventing Google? Part One9分钟
Inventing Google? Part Two5分钟
Building Google7分钟
Monetizing Google9分钟
The PageRank Algorithm Part One10分钟
The PageRank Algorithm Part Two10分钟
Two-Sided Markets Part One9分钟
Two-Sided Markets Part Two7分钟
Auctions and Monopoly Power8分钟
Google Evolves7分钟
Competition and Google12分钟
The European Competition Investigation of Google6分钟
The FTC and Google Part One7分钟
The FTC and Google Part Two9分钟
Back to Europe8分钟
Shopping on Google8分钟
Google Shopping: A New Data Model6分钟
15 April 2015: The EU Statement of Objections7分钟
15 April 2015: Google's Response6分钟
Wrap Up: What Have We Learned?11分钟
Video Chat, Friday, 31 July 201559分钟
Reading16 个阅读材料
Top Readings10分钟
Slides for Module10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
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Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
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Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
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Extra Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra Depth Readings10分钟
Updates and Corrections10分钟
Sources and Copyright Statement10分钟
Quiz7 个练习
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
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Graded Quiz24分钟

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Smartphones

In this module, we will focus on the emergence of the smartphones platform. That is an interesting mix of government policy (especially regarding spectrum), collective private activity (standard setting, such as that for the 802.11 standard and for Wi-Fi), and individual private actions (such as that leading to the Apple iPhone and the Android platform)....
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22 个视频(共 161 分钟), 14 个阅读材料, 6 个测验
Video22 个视频
Controlling the Spectrum6分钟
Finding More Spectrum9分钟
The Smartphone Platform Shifts9分钟
Standard Setting Externalities Part One11分钟
Standard Setting Externalities Part Two7分钟
Winner-Take-All Markets I Part One5分钟
Winner-Take-All Markets I Part Two5分钟
Winner-Take-All Markets II6分钟
Patent Royalty Stacking7分钟
Defining Standards8分钟
Standard Essential Patents5分钟
SSOs and Market Power6分钟
Standard Setting v. Cartelization7分钟
The Other FTC Action against Google Part One4分钟
The Other FTC Action against Google Part Two6分钟
The IEEE Updates its Patent Policy7分钟
The iOS Platform9分钟
Apple v Samsung8分钟
The Android Platform6分钟
The EU Investigation of Android6分钟
Wrap Up: What Have We Learned?11分钟
Reading14 个阅读材料
Top Readings10分钟
Slides for Module10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Lesson Overview10分钟
Extra-Depth Readings10分钟
Updates and Corrections (Last Update: 11 July 2015)10分钟
Sources and Copyright Statement10分钟
Quiz6 个练习
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Brief Practice Quiz6分钟
Graded Quiz20分钟
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创建者 MMNov 9th 2015

Excelent course and very up to date material.\n\nVery interesting topics and documents presented along with the material.\n\nGreat teacher with outstanding knowledge of the material

创建者 MBSep 9th 2015

Very informative course. Mr. Picker also responds quickly to questions posted/asked. I would love for a special edition, to focus on law in the EU/UK

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Randal C. Picker

James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ludwig & Hilde Wolf Teaching Scholar
The University of Chicago Law School

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