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276.1 sec. 1 - Cyberlaw (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Brian Carver  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: MW 11:10-12:30
Meeting Location: 202 South Hall

Course Start: January 09, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49930 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49928


The emergence of global digital networks, such as the Internet, and digital technologies that enhance human abilities to access, store, manipulate, and transmit vast amounts of information has brought with it a host of new legal issues that lawyers preparing to practice in the 21st century will need to understand and address. Although many are trying to "map" existing legal concepts onto problems arising in cyberspace, it is becoming increasingly evident that this strategy sometimes doesn't work. In some cases, it is necessary to go back to first principles to understand how to accomplish the purposes of existing law in digital networked environments. The course will explore specific problems in applying law to cyberspace in areas such as intellectual property, privacy, content control, and the bounds of jurisdiction. Students with familiarity with the Internet and its resources or with backgrounds in some of the substantive fields explored in this course are especially welcome, but there are no formal prerequisites. Grades for the course will be based either on a series of short papers or on a supervised term paper.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

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

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  • Software and Internet Law
    Mark A. Lemley, Peter S. Menell, Robert P. Merges, Pamela Samuelson, and Brian W. Carver
    Edition: 4th Edition 2011
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    ISBN: 9780735589155
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $137.00
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