Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
COM 425 Media Regulation
4 hours; 4 credits
A survey of the regulation of media, including print, film, and telecommunications in the United States. The course examines the history of media regulation in terms of both the structure of media industries and their contents, including the First Amendment rights extended to individual expression and print, censorship and the limitations placed on broadcasting; the governance of intellectual property, in copyright and fair use laws; the role of the Federal Communications Commission, trends in de- and re-regulation in recent decades, and the role of regulations in developing new media such as the Internet.
Prerequisite: COM 315
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