Cyberlaw (100-2)

I. Goal

To offer an overview of current legal issues and policy landscape of cyberspace. The main focus this semester will be on intellectual property as promised.

II. Main References

  • Lawrence Lessig, Code: Version 2.0 (New York: Basic Books, 2006).
  • Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet And How to Stop It (2008).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Free Cultures (2004).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Future of Ideas (2001).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making art and commerce thrive in the hybrid economy (2008).
  • Cass R. Sunstein, 2.0 (2009).
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Being Digital (1995).

III. Class Mailing List:

IV. Grading policy: TBA

V. Schedule (tentative, subject to change)

2-21 Course Orientation
2-28 228 memorial (no class)
3-6 Intellectual Property I: The Foundation
3-13 Intellectual Property II: P2P, Media Piracy & SOPA/PIPA
3-20 Intellectual Property III: Software Copyright
3-27 Intellectual Property IV: Software, Copyright & Open Source Movements
4-3 inter-collegiate activities week (no class)
4-10 Intellectual Property V: Google Books and the Liability Rule
4-17 midterm (no class)
4-24 Viruses / Hacking / Cybercrimes
5-1 Censorship & Free Speech
5-8 Privacy
5-15 paper preparation
5-22 paper preparation
5-29 paper presentations
6-5 Law & Society Conference (no class)
6-12 TBA

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