Technology Law and Policy (101-2)

I. Goal

To explore law and policy issues pertinent to high-tech industries & networked societies. For this semester, the main focus will be on the latest developments in intellectual property law, cloud computing, telecom & media policy, and antitrust policy.

II. Main References

  • Lawrence Lessig, Code: Version 2.0 (New York: Basic Books, 2006).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Free Cultures (2004).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy (2008).
  • William W. Fisher III, Promises to Keep: Technology, Law, and the Future of Entertainment (2004).
  • Tim Wu, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires (2011).
  • Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet And How to Stop It (2008).
  • Cass R. Sunstein, 2.0 (2009).
  • James Boyle, The Public Domain (2008).
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital (1995).
  • Helen Nissenbaum, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (2010).
  • William M. Landes & Richard A. Posner, The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law (2003).

III. Class Mailing List:

IV. Grading policy: Participation: 40%, Paper: 60%

V. Schedule (tentative)

  • Part 1: Basics of Intellectual Property
  • Part 2: Current Copyright Issues
  • Part 3: Current Patent Issues
  • Part 4: Telecom & Media Policy Issues
  • Part 5: Antitrust Issues
  • Part 6: Others