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De Beer's Digital Media course is a unique, inter-disciplinary and international survey of the global digital media scene, covering the latest legal developments regarding digital music, online movies, e-books and more. Together we canvas legal, cultural, commercial and technological aspects of the media industries in countries around the world.


For example, we cover:

  • The business. Find out who's got what rights, and how key players in cultural industries can turn those into hard cash.
  • Sampling & mash-ups. The art of making music is changing. How much sampling is legit, and how can you help shape the rules of remixing?
  • File sharing. With the genie out of the bottle, what can be done to build new business models from old plastic discs?
  • Rights management. Despite nave believes, digital locks will not stop downloading of any e-media. Learn about better strategies to cope with new trends.
  • Intermediaries' liability. What's the role of online intermediaries: Dumb pipes or copyright cops?
  • And much more. Read on to see exactly what we tackle in this course.

The course objective is to think broadly about the policies that affect the future of digital media, and ultimately, the creation and consumption of our own culture. Through our classes and your major assignment, I also want to provide a solid grounding in the legal issues and professional practice of digital media and entertainment law in Canada and elsewhere.


Intro to Property LawIP Advocacy PracticumIP  Sustainable DevelopmentGlobal Policy

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