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This class surveys a range of legal issues that have arisen in the context of the Internet, such as which legal authorities have jurisdiction over online conduct, who is legally responsible for harmful online speech, what is the relation between the law of contract and property with respect to scarce, intangible resources, such as domain names and email addresses, and other issues for which the law has Internet-specific rules. The course has three goals: (1) to give students working knowledge of typical legal issues for which courts and legislatures have adopted Internet-specific rules; (2) to give students a sufficient understanding of the Internet's workings to conduct competent fact investigation in Internet-related matters; and (3) to use the rapid evolution of cyberlaw as a basis for reflecting more generally on legal evolution. Evaluation is by a final examination.
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