Telecommunications | Topical Seminar in Industry & Management
T453 | 29145 | Waterman, D

Telecommunications T453 Seminar in Industry and Management
Topic: The Media [Technology,] and Industry Change
Class Number: Fall, 2011

Summary of the course

One topic will be the world dominance of American media—especially
Hollywood movies. American films overwhelm box-office and video
sales in many countries, while in the U.S., foreign films account
for a tiny share of movie revenues. What are the political,
economic, social, and cultural reasons for this lopsided pattern?
How does the balance of movie trade compare with that of print,
television, music, and other media? How are digital technologies
changing the balance?

Another topic will be digital piracy and copying, which has
escalated the tension between copyright owners and consumers. How
can we preserve economic incentives to create intellectual property
at the same time that we take social advantage of the lower costs of
digitally distributed entertainment and other information? We
explore recent research about the effects of copying and piracy and
apply that to policy questions about copyright law and government

As time permits, we will consider related issues, such as the
pricing of information products and the transition to digital
distribution of textbooks.

Format: Mostly class discussion, with some lectures

Requirements the course meets:
To see which requirements, in the College of Arts and Sciences, this
course will fulfill consult the College Bulletin at  If you
have questions, or need additional help, see your academic advisor.

Required texts: Probably a compiled course packet of selected
articles, and book chapters, plus electronic reserves.

David Waterman's webpage:

Meeting times:
2:30pm-3:45pm MW