Cultural Industries in Canada
Communications 130 and 12 credits
Much of our everyday information and entertainment is industrially produced and distributed by firms operating in the cultural sector of the economy. This course examines such “cultural industries” (e.g., print, film, music, broadcasting, and the Internet) by focusing on their business structures and economic conditions, and on the regulatory and policy issues they face. Some important themes include: the public sector/private sector relationship; independent and commercial creators; the rights of creators vs. those of users and distributors; and international dimensions of Canadian cultural production and distribution.