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This class surveys a range of legal issues that have arisen in the context of the Internet, such as what laws apply to online conduct, what are the responsibilities of Facebook and other Internet intermediaries, what is "virtual property" and who owns it, and how does the law treat online privacy. 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 scheduled, open book, final examination (i.e. not a take home exam).
Textbooks and Other Materials
Bellia, Berman, Frischmann and Post's Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age, (4th ed. 2011) ISBN: 9780314917539
First Class Readings
pp. 1-20, and browse http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/nsf-net/home.jsp