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J563 Law of Mass Communication Spring 2018: Schedule and Readings
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WeekDayUnitTopicDiscussion focusBelmas, Shepard, Overbeck ReadingCasesOther content
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1Law, Courts & the First Amendment
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1/24Legal system, scrutinyCh. 1
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1/29Theories of the First Amendment, sedition, censorshipChs. 2 and 3Abrams v. US
Whitney v. California
Dennis v. US
More Perfect Podcast: The Political Thicket episode, https://www.wnyc.org/story/the-political-thicket
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J563 Quiz Show
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1/31Incitement
Brandenburg v. Ohio
Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project
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2/5Prior restraint, censorship, public employee speechCh. 3 (useful for theory but we're really digging in this week)Near v. Minnesota
NYT v. US
Nebraska Press Assn v. Stuart
US v. Progressive
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Hypothetical: Prior Restraint (3 groups: for, against, judges)
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2/7Exam review
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End-of-unit exam
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4Libel & PrivacyCh. 4
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2/12Libel overview, elements
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Libel scavenger hunt -- ID the elements in real cases; discussion of group project and brainstorming
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2/14NYT v. Sullivan, Gertz, Public/private plaintiffsNYT v. Sullivan
Gertz v. Robert Welch
Milkovich v. Lorain Journal
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2/19Libel decision tree
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Student hypotheticals and decision tree (3 groups, each a separate plaintiff type)
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2/21Privacy overviewCh. 5Florida Star v. BJF
Bartnicki v. Vopper
Zacchini v. Scripps-Howard Broadcasting
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2/26Privacy causes of action, defensesWisconsin Privacy Act and Privacy Legislator Guide (in case reader)
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Student hypotheticals with solutions (3 groups, each a separate cause of action)
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2/28Privacy in a digital age
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End-of-unit exam
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7Newsgathering & Student Speech
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3/5Open meetings, open recordsCh. 9Wisconsin Open Meetings, Open Records laws and Legislator Guide (in case reader)
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Apply balancing test to records requests; organize group project pitch
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3/7Access, cameras in courtsCh. 7Richmond Newspapers v. VA
Chandler v. Florida
Wisconsin Cameras in Courts guidelines (in case reader)
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3/12Privilege & confidentialityCh. 8
Branzburg v. Hayes
O'Grady v. Superior Court
Wis shield law (in case reader)
Final project pitches DUE by noon Monday, March 12. Submit via from at:
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No formal section: Time *specifically* to meet on your group projecthttps://goo.gl/forms/l98fL8SuqhKe10AF3
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3/14Student speech & pressCh. 14
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End-of-unit exam
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9Harm & Speech
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3/19Obscenity, pornographyCh. 10Miller v. California
Reno v. ACLU
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Debate
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3/21Theories of media differentiation, indecencyFCC v. Pacifica
FCC v. Fox
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Spring Break
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4/2Hateful and offensive speechReview Ch. 3 segment on hate speech/crime, starting page 72RAV v. St. Paul
Texas v. Johnson
Snyder v. Phelps
Matal v. Tam
More Perfect: The Hate Debate episode, https://www.wnyc.org/story/hate-debate
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Debate
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4/4Violent expression(Optional: the Ch. 11 section on regulating violence might help you better understand Wednesday's lecture, but it's not required for the exam. Visit it if you find my coverage confusing.)Brown v. Electronic Merchants Association
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End-of-unit exam
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11Intellectual Property & Regulation of Advertising, Broadcast & Political Speech
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4/9Intellectual property: basics, focus on copyrightHarper & Row v. Nation
MGM Studios v. Grokster
Campbell v. Acuff-Rose
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Group project work time
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4/11DMCA and filesharingCh. 6
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4/16Commercial speech & FTCCh. 13Central Hudson v. PSC
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Create exam questions on Intellectual Property and Commercial Speech
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4/18FCC and broadcast regulationCh. 11Miami Herald v. Tornillo
Red Lion v. FCC
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4/23FCC, Internet regulation and anonymity onlineReview Ch. 3 section on anonymous speech
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TBA
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4/25FEC, campaign expression and anonymity in political speech (Guest Lecturer Christopher Terry, University of Minnesota)Citizens United v. FEC
FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life
More Perfect: Citizens United episode, https://www.wnyc.org/story/citizens-united
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End-of-unit exam
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4/30Project work
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Project work
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5/2Project work
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Final Exam5/6Note: this is not a traditional final exam. Project due at this time with presentations
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