Description: This course is an introduction to the legal and policy issues raised by computers and the Internet. The course will consider how legal doctrine changes (or sometimes, stays the same) as more and more aspects of daily life move online. Topics include jurisdiction, free speech, privacy, online crime, e-commerce, trademarks, and copyright. No background in computers is needed; the relevant history and technology will be taught in class. The course should be particularly useful for students who endeavor to counsel clients either in litigation or transactional context in the media, telecommunications, entertainment, or computer industries, or in any undertaking that has a presence on the Internet. Student evaluation will be by examination.
Casebook: James Grimmelmann, Internet Law: Cases and Problems (probably the 5th edition at http://internetcasebook.com)
Updated Mar. 23, 2015