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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
21 minutes to complete

Introduction to the Course

This is a course on the law and economics of media platforms. Media delivery is frequently organized around a set of tools that bring together different parties to interact. Edison’s phonograph and wax cylinders did that, bringing together music producers and consumers wanting to listen to music at home, but so does Microsoft Windows, which sits between software developers and computer users....
2 videos (Total 11 min), 1 reading
2 videos
Course Overview8m
1 reading
Welcome to the Course!10m
Week
2
6 hours to complete

Microsoft: The Desktop v. The Internet

In this module, we will focus on Microsoft and its arc from start up to dominance and repeated antitrust target. We will look at the technology leading to the personal computer and the release of the IBM PC in August, 1981 and then the rise of Microsoft from there. We will turn to antitrust actions against Microsoft, first in the United States in 1994 for its MS-DOS licensing practices and then again in the United States in 1998 for its response to the Internet and Netscape Navigator. We will then turn to two competition policy actions against Microsoft in Europe....
18 videos (Total 137 min), 16 readings, 7 quizzes
18 videos
The 1956 AT&T Settlement5m
The Path to the CPU5m
Building BASIC6m
Selling Software?7m
The Rise of Microsoft and the Personal Computer Era6m
The 1994 Licensing Case: Microsoft's Monopoly8m
The 1994 Licensing Case: Anticompetitive Licenses8m
The 1994 Licensing Case: Anticompetitive Licenses: Analytics6m
The Rise of the Internet and Netscape Part One5m
The Rise of the Internet and Netscape Part Two9m
The U.S. Sues Microsoft (Again) Part One5m
The U.S. Sues Microsoft (Again) Part Two9m
Resolution in the U.S.6m
Remedies: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Microsoft?8m
Windows Media Player in Europe11m
Europe Looks at Internet Explorer7m
Wrap Up: What Have We Learned?7m
16 readings
Top Readings10m
Slides for Module10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Updates and Corrections10m
Sources and Copyright Statement10m
7 practice exercises
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Graded Quiz24m
Week
3
8 hours to complete

Google Emerges (and the World Responds)

In this module, we will focus on Google and its arc from 1998 start up to dominance and repeated antitrust target. We will look at the underlying tech, two-sided markets and auctions and then at antitrust investigations in the U.S. and the EU....
26 videos (Total 260 min), 16 readings, 7 quizzes
26 videos
The State of the Internet Circa 20008m
A Brief Tour of the Federal Trade Commission6m
Regulating Search Engines 1.0 Part One7m
Regulating Search Engines 1.0 Part Two4m
Inventing Google? Part One9m
Inventing Google? Part Two5m
Building Google7m
Monetizing Google9m
The PageRank Algorithm Part One10m
The PageRank Algorithm Part Two10m
Two-Sided Markets Part One9m
Two-Sided Markets Part Two7m
Auctions and Monopoly Power8m
Google Evolves7m
Competition and Google12m
The European Competition Investigation of Google6m
The FTC and Google Part One7m
The FTC and Google Part Two9m
Back to Europe8m
Shopping on Google8m
Google Shopping: A New Data Model6m
15 April 2015: The EU Statement of Objections7m
15 April 2015: Google's Response6m
Wrap Up: What Have We Learned?11m
Video Chat, Friday, 31 July 201559m
16 readings
Top Readings10m
Slides for Module10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra Depth Readings10m
Updates and Corrections10m
Sources and Copyright Statement10m
7 practice exercises
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Graded Quiz24m
Week
4
6 hours to complete

Smartphones

In this module, we will focus on the emergence of the smartphones platform. That is an interesting mix of government policy (especially regarding spectrum), collective private activity (standard setting, such as that for the 802.11 standard and for Wi-Fi), and individual private actions (such as that leading to the Apple iPhone and the Android platform)....
22 videos (Total 161 min), 14 readings, 6 quizzes
22 videos
Controlling the Spectrum6m
Finding More Spectrum9m
The Smartphone Platform Shifts9m
Standard Setting Externalities Part One11m
Standard Setting Externalities Part Two7m
Winner-Take-All Markets I Part One5m
Winner-Take-All Markets I Part Two5m
Winner-Take-All Markets II6m
Patent Royalty Stacking7m
Defining Standards8m
Standard Essential Patents5m
SSOs and Market Power6m
Standard Setting v. Cartelization7m
The Other FTC Action against Google Part One4m
The Other FTC Action against Google Part Two6m
The IEEE Updates its Patent Policy7m
The iOS Platform9m
Apple v Samsung8m
The Android Platform6m
The EU Investigation of Android6m
Wrap Up: What Have We Learned?11m
14 readings
Top Readings10m
Slides for Module10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Lesson Overview10m
Extra-Depth Readings10m
Updates and Corrections (Last Update: 11 July 2015)10m
Sources and Copyright Statement10m
6 practice exercises
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Brief Practice Quiz6m
Graded Quiz20m
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By MMNov 9th 2015

Excelent course and very up to date material.\n\nVery interesting topics and documents presented along with the material.\n\nGreat teacher with outstanding knowledge of the material

By KTDec 2nd 2018

I am so blessed to be part of this amazing course. Prof. Picker is the finest and professional teacher. It was excellent experience of my life. Thank you so much.

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Randal C. Picker

James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ludwig & Hilde Wolf Teaching Scholar
The University of Chicago Law School

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