Week 6: Ethical, Legal & Security Issues in the Digital Age

Read & Watch

Copyright Criminals (video ~56 min)

Copyright: An Overview, Cornell University Law School

— Timothy B. Lee, “15 years ago, Congress kept Mickey Mouse out of the public domain. Will they do it again?” The Washington Post, Oct. 25, 2013.

— Kristen Burnham, “Facebook Messenger 5 Misconceptions,” InfomationWeek, Aug. 11, 2014.

— Brad Reed, “Security researcher finds Facebook Messenger is loaded with ‘spyware type code,‘” BGR, Sept. 11, 2014.

Study Resources

— ALA, Digital Copyright Slider (2012)

— Mason’s Copyright Office “The Basics” [pdf]

— GMU Info Tech Security Office, “Basic Computer Security.”

–Dan Cohen & Roy Rosenzweig, Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the WebOwning the Past


  • Who owns the past?
  • Can I use this?
  • Fair Use and Creative Commons.
  • Ethics & security in a digital world.

Last updated: November 19, 2015 at 19:48 pm