Writers, editors, and publishers face many ethical and legal issues. Ethical topics in this course include how and when to use and share information, images, and written texts both in the context of traditional publishing and via social media. Legal topics include copyright basics, libel, and the right to privacy. We’ll pay attention to how all of this plays out over the Internet by looking at a diverse set of materials. You’ll be able to contribute to lively discussions on these issues and complete written assignments to test your knowledge.
Please note that nothing in this course should be taken as legal advice. The practice of understanding and applying the laws of intellectual property is both a learned skill and an art, requiring years of training and study. Under our system of laws, only a judge determines whether copyright has been infringed.
There are two weeks of independent study at the end of the course. The final assignment for this course is due at the end of the self-study period (20 days after the last date listed in the schedule).