Cory Doctorow's Course on Copyright and DRM

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= an undergraduate course at the University of Southern California called PWNED: Everyone on Campus is a Copyright Criminal.

The complete course was podcasted at http://feeds.feedburner.com/UscComm499Pwned


Directory

  • Lecture 1: Security basics

Lecture, discussions and readings on the basics of information security, from Augustus Caesar to Alan Turing; from the crypto wars to the DRM wars.

  • Lecture 2: Reverse engineering

The legitimate case for reverse engineering in the academy and industry from a UCSD engineering prof whose award-winning work focuses on the use of reverse engineering in pedagogy and as a tool of social analysis.

  • Lecture 3: Use restriction

Stories of DRM breaks, from DVD-Jon and the DeCSS break against DVD players to Microsoft\'s Palladium and Seth Schoen\'s Owner Override proposal to restore control of \"trusted\" PCs to their owners.

  • Lecture 4: Present day DRMs

HDCP, AACS, Blu-Ray, DVD-HD, CPRM, Fair Play and beyond.

  • Lecture 5: History of copyright 1

The history of copyright and its industrial applications. Critical readings stress the dynamic tension between copyright and technology and the way that they have co-evolved. Class discussion will talk about the role of anti-Japanese sentiment during the VCR wars in setting Zaibatsu lobbying strategy in the US.

  • Lecture 6: History of copyright 2

The history of copyright and its industrial applications. Critical readings stress the dynamic tension between copyright and technology and the way that they have co-evolved. Class discussion will talk about the role of anti-Japanese sentiment during the VCR wars in setting Zaibatsu lobbying strategy in the US.

  • Lecture 7: History of copyright 2


  • Lecture 8: Copyright and new business models

Internet-era businesses sometimes thrive in the face of copying. Readings include works on effective Internet-era business-models. John Buckman, Magnatunes Manifesto

  • Lecture 9: Copyright and new business models (cont\\\'d)
  • Lecture 10: Standards and treaties

Standards and treaties: The actions of international consortia, treaty bodies, and standards groups have far-reaching effects on law, technology and commerce. Yet the action of these bodies is obscure and little-regarded. Recent activist participation in these bodies has shone the first light into their activities. This is public diplomacy for the rest of us, storming the gates of the UN.

  • Lecture 11: Laws: How copyright and related laws get made and passed
  • Lecture 12: Laws, part 2
  • Lecture 13: Command and control dystopia

Command and control dystopia: What it could mean to live in a world of ubiquitous command-and-control devices that respond to others\' wishes instead of your own.

  • Lecture 14: Modern copyright 2
  • Lecture 15: Final presentations
  • Interview with Chris DiBona, Part 1

Student Pierson Clair\'s final project was an interview with Google\'s Open Source Projects Manager Chris DiBona, about the mechanics and economics of open source/free software. Pierson has split the interview into two pieces, presented as enhanced podcasts with tables of contents, visuals, and chapter-breaks.

  • Interview with Chris DiBona, Part 2