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276.3 sec. 1 - The Law of Web Services and Search Engines (Fall 2012)

Instructor: Daphne Keller  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Th 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 145

Course Start: August 23, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49748

This class develops students’ legal expertise and practical skills for counseling innovative web services clients, with a particular focus on web search and UGC (user generated content) platforms. Students will consider how the law should influence clients’ business strategy and product development from the initial design stage through to public launch and beyond.

Black letter law portions of the course will include discussion of recent U.S. cases on copyright liability for web companies; review of US law on intermediary liability for non-IP claims; an overview of internet intermediary legal issues outside the US; and consideration of user privacy issues. Pragmatic topics covered will range from product design considerations to client relationships to the logistics of international litigation and regulatory compliance for US companies. While instructor will draw on her experience as legal director for Google, this course is applicable to web services clients from startups to non-profits to large companies.

Students must have completed either Introduction to Intellectual Property or Copyright. Completion of the Cyberlaw course is recommended but not required.

Exam Notes: TH
Course Category: Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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