Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
Ethics and law of communications
1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process in Cinema And Media Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Ciurcina Marco ORARIO RICEVIMENTO     60 0 0 0 17
SSD CFU Activities Area context
IUS/01 6 C - Affini o integrative Attività formative affini o integrative
Subject fundamentals
The course is required for the Bachelor Degree in Cinema and Media Engineering.
The course provides basic notions about copyright, patents, privacy and other rights on immaterial goods, particularly in the digital networks context and focusing on the fields in which tensions and ethical conflicts have emerged in the past years: free software, open content, privacy, software patent, file sharing and so on.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the main noitns about copyright, patents, privacy and other rights on immaterial goods in the context of the digital networks.
Ability to understand legal terms of the ethical conflicts in the field of rights on immaterial goods that interfere with communication on digital networks.
Ability to identify the problems to be handled in communication through digital networks by identifying the legal aspects to be taken into account and the strategies to be adopted to deal with them.
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Basic logic skills and basic legal notions.
Topics covered during the course and their weight in teaching hours:
- Copyright and related rights (30 hours)
- Patents (5 hours)
- Free licenses (10 hours)
- Privacy (10 hours)
- Other rights on immaterial goods (5 hours)
Delivery modes
Class debates on topics where an ethical conflict arised in the past years.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
Copyright and related rights
AA. VV. Diritto Industriale, Giappichelli Editore, Torino 2012 (IV ed.) pp. 539-672
M. Ciurcina, Free software, free knowledge http://www.creativecommons.it/node/298
Position Paper NEXA: Creatività remunerata, conoscenza liberata: file sharing e licenze collettive estese http://nexa.polito.it/sites/nexa.polito.it/files/NEXA-filesharing-marzo2009.pdf
M. Ciurcina, Software libero (nel portale in formato digitale)
AA. VV. Diritto Industriale, Giappichelli Editore, Torino 2012 (IV ed.) pp. 211-296
A. Ciccia Messina, N. Bernardi Privacy e Regolamento Europeo, Wolters Kluwer 2016

Mind maps, slides and other suggested readings, available on the web area of the course
Assessment and grading criteria
1) multiple choice test
2) work on wikipedia
3) debate on ethical issues
Examination mark
The multiple choice test has a maximum mark of 25.
Work on wikipedia has a maximum mark of 9.
Work on debate has a maximum mark of 4.
Over 30 points: 30 cum laude.
1) Multiple choice test
25 questions with 4 response options.
Score for the right answer: +1
Score for wrong answer: -0.5
Blank Score: 0
The exam lasts 30 minutes.
During the exam use of books and notes is not allowed.
2) Work on wikipedia site.
- identify a topic discussed in the course for which on the wikipedia website is not available accurate, complete, correct and documented (with links and references) information.
- correct and / or complete the information (or write it down, but only if it is missing: it is preferable to complete an
already existing voice rather than writing a new entry) in the relevant wikipedia entry (before writing a new entry, verify that the information is not already present under another entry).
Evaluation rules:
- respecting the wikipedia editorial rules (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiuto:Manual and in particular http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aiuto:Manual#Linee_guida_e_avvertenze)
- synthesis,
- accuracy,
- completeness,
- pertinence,
- logic of exposition,
- appropriate quotation of sources,
- grammar.
The work must be completed by the date of the written exam.
Send email to ciurcina@studiolegale.it containing:
- nicknake wikipedia used to make changes,
- link to the modified page,
- subject of the amendments.
Work on debate
Indicate the topic (including those proposed or other topic related to the subjects of the course), the position you intend to argue (for example, for or against) and the members of your team (2-3 people).
Discuss and agree with the other group dealing with the topic the divergence point(s) to be argued.
Participate in classroom debates arguing on the topic.
Argumentation can be supported by any type of material (slides, video, web pages, etc.).
The presentation of the position lasts 7 minutes, with a reply of 3 minutes to the position of the other group dealing with the same topic.
Quality of exposition and argumentation is evaluated.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2017/18

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