MDST110 Electronic Coursebook for Students
Information Technology and Digital Media Studies
Prof. David Golumbia
University of Virginia
Fall 2004
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23. Digital Legal Studies: Open Source, Intellectual Property, Spam

Weds Dec 1, 2004

A discussion of the concepts and examples of Open Source and Free Software, Linux and the Wiki concept. Barlow's and Lessig's view on the architecture of freedom in cyberspace, and a discussion of spam.

I. Open Source and Free Software

II. Intellectual Property

III. Spam


Study Questions

  1. Can you think of products or protocols that would best be made under proprietary (not open source or free) license?.
  2. Have you ever responded to an offer from a spam message?
  3. How do you think Wikipedia compare in the quality of its entries to a traditional encyclopedia?
  4. Who has rights to the communications system itself? Who "owns" it?

Reading for next class

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