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Module details on 'Multimedia and Telecommunications Law - Multimedia and Telecommunications Law'

CategoryBusiness & Law
LecturerProf. Dr. Spindler, Gerald (Göttingen)
Module Exam ID4040
Weekly Composition2L+1E
Required Hours of Work (presence / self-study)125 (42 / 83)
Semesterperiodically, according to student demand and staff specialisms
Teaching MethodsSlide presentation, exercises, discussions
Module DescriptionThe module gives a broad introduction to Internet Technologies and Information Systems Law with particular emphasis on practices used in modern communication systems. The module covers an introduction to the relevant basics from German Constitutional Law with a focus on fundamental rights, namely the privacy of correspondence, posts, and telecommunications (Art. 10 GG) and the freedom of expression and information, freedom of the press (Art. 5 I GG). Further, the legal regulation of the telecommunications industry as defined by the Telecommunications Act and by changes resulting from the competence of the European Commission, e.g. Telecom Package will be discussed. Additionally, the aspects of civil liability of multimedia users, providers and developers as stipulated e.g. in the Teleservices Act, in Copyright Law and the German Civil Code are discussed including current issues like access blocking, leading on to a study of Contract Law regarding contracts between users, providers, developers etc. Furthermore, we will discuss data protection issues arising in the context of new media focusing on the rules of the Teleservices Act and the Data Protection Acts on federal (Bund) and regional (Länder) level. This includes an analysis of inter alia data-mining and cookies. Domain Law, including problems concerning domain names, domain grabbing and trademark issues will also be looked at. Another focus will be on Software Law and Open Source Software in particular, considering relevant issues from Patent Law, Copyright Law and Trademark Law. The module will also address advertising issues like spam from the viewpoint of German Unfair Competition and Consumer Protection law. Another part of the module will deal with the supervision of the media focusing on protection of minors and Access Verifying Systems as well as computer related aspects of Criminal Law. Lastly, the restrictions to online services like gaming, gambling and lotteries will be discussed and eCommerce and electronic signatures will be covered.
Module OutcomesOn completion of this module, the student should be able to • be aware of regulations concerning Multimedia and Information Systems on national and European level • understand the principles of public regulation and aspects of liability concerning new media applications and Information Systems • discuss the aspects of protection of intellectual property as far as Internet Technologies and Information Systems are concerned • be aware of the importance and legal consequences of security issues and be able to act accordingly • recognize and understand the risk of penal acts.
Recommended LiteratureSince this is a rapidly changing field some of the newer literature will be announced during the lectures. Here are a few example books on the field: Walden/Angel (ed.), Telecommunications law and regulation, 2nd ed., Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press 2005 Smith, Internet Law and regulation, 3rd ed., London, Sweet & Maxwell 2002 Lessig, Code Version 2.0, New York, Basic Books 2006 Piepenbrock/Schuster (ed.), German Telecommunication Law and the New European Regulatory Framework, Köln, Verlag Otto Schmidt 2002 Merges/Menell/Lemley, Intellectual Property in The New Technological Age, 4th ed., New York, Aspen publishers. 2007 Lemley/Menell/Merges/Samuelson, Software and Internet Law, 3rd ed., New York, Aspen publishers 2006 Campbell (ed.), Law of international on-line business, London, Sweet & Maxwell 1998 Ramberg, Internet Marketplaces, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2002 Mason, Electronic Signatures in Law, 2nd ed., Haywards Heath, Tottel publishers 2007 Reed, Internet Law: Text and Materials (Law in Context), 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press 2004.
ExamWritten or oral exam, graded (Written (120 min) / Oral (25min))

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