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Regulating Convergence


Susan J. Drucker and Gary Gumpert

Traditionally, the technologies of telecommunications, broadcasting, satellite, and computing operated independently while the industries associated with each were regulated independently along the same lines. Technological convergence challenges the vertical regulatory models of broadcasting, telecommunications, and computer services while simultaneously challenging the traditional approach to regulation by nation-states. It is time for a critical examination of regulations which support convergence while addressing the realities of the current media environment. This edited volume provides a heuristic analysis of the challenges facing regulators and media institutions. Chapters explore the nature of the laws and regulations straining under the new technological realities, consider the changes already made to accommodate the new media landscape, and examine new directions and approaches to the regulation of convergent media technologies and media institutions.
Contents: Susan J. Drucker/Gary Gumpert: Introduction: Regulating Convergence – Harvey Jassem: Convergence Kills Media Policy: Can Freedom of Expression Be Next? – Anna Celsing: Dealing with Change: Impact of Convergence on European Union Media Policy – Gary Gumper/Susan J. Drucker: When Is Television Television? – Susan Drucker/Gary Gumpert/Howard M. Cohen: Social Media – Thomas R. Flynn/Mary Beth Earnheardt/Amy DePalma: Regulatory Handcuffs: Precedent, Convergence, and Missed Opportunity in the Brand X Decision – Donald Fishman: Media Convergence and Copyright Issues – Juliet Dee: Fingerprints, Grace Notes, and YouTube: The Problematic Relationship Between Convergence and Copyright Law – Douglas Fraleigh: Comparison or Convergence: Paradigms for Judicial Review of Content-Based Restrictions on Internet Expression – Warren Sandmann: Who Owns Knowledge? Media Convergence and the College Classroom.