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Counsel to the Internet Client: Practical Advice, Strategy and Litigation
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This semester, we will explore the nuts and bolts of advising and defending Internet-related businesses, organizations and individuals. With the help of practicing cyberlawyers and other outside participants, we will delve into some of the most contested issues involving intellectual property, speech, and privacy on the Net, and the means by which courts and legislatures are asked to take sides and, at times, affect the course of the Internet's evolution.

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Harvard University
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Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Charles, Nesson
Jonathan, Zittrain
Internet and Society
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This course examines current legal, political, and technical struggles for control/ownership of the global Internet and its content. The course will draw upon a growing body of cyberlaw cases and commentary, class members' research, and participation by invited guests, including lobbyists, politicians, journalists, and scholars from the HLS faculty and elsewhere. Course themes include the interaction between emerging Internet self-governance regimes and rule by traditional sovereigns; the expression of conflicting interests of commercial and individual Internet speakers/broadcasters; new modes of control over widely distributed intellectual property ("privication"); and the potential for market giants and other architects of Internet technologies to constrain behavior online in ways governments find difficult to assimilate. Classroom discussion of these topics will be augmented by online discussion software through which students will have one-on-one exchanges about issues in the course. No specialized technical expertise or prerequisite required, but students should be prepared to use and experiment with new technologies as part of their coursework and participation.

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Law
General Law
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Harvard University
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Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Jonathan, Zittrain
The Law of the Internet
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Remix and Share
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The Internet is at once a constructive and disruptive technology. As more and more of our lives move online, we are faced with opportunities to do new and amazing things. Concurrently, we encounter problems that no one anticipated as we collectively built the internet as we know it today. This seminar will consider some of the most intriguing of the issues to which the advent of the internet has given and continues to give rise. It will focus on a cluster of topics about which any computer user likely knows a good deal already: spam, spyware, peer-to-peer file sharing, personal privacy, and e-commerce. It will also venture into a few issues-like blogging, RSS (Really Simple Syndication), social software, and internet filtering-that may be less familiar. The internet and the practice of law are both increasingly global in nature, so the seminar will take special care to delve into basic topics in international law. A specific series of laws, regulations and policies related to online activities continues to evolve. In particular, the seminar will focus on the law of intellectual property related to the Internet-whether the IP relates to code, commercial data, music or other content-which has broad and complex application for anyone using the internet in the current multi-jurisdictional world. We'll consider who makes the laws in an environment that crosses national borders by its very nature and where enforcement is an extremely tricky matter. We will imagine what these new technologies might do to culture in the United States and to other cultures throughout the world, particularly those in developing countries. Participants should be willing to experiment with new information technologies in a learning environment.

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Law
General Law
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
John Palfrey
The Microsoft Case
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Professors Lessig and Zittrain will teach a research seminar on the Microsoft case. The seminar will meet at least once a week, beginning the week of 9/21. It will review the proceedings leading up to the present antitrust action, and then shadow the current trial. We will collect transcripts from the case, which will be assigned each week, as well as other readings to be determined. In addition to the ultimate question of liability, we will consider whether there are special issues that cyberspace raises for antitrust. The most significant requirement of the course will be classroom participation; a short paper at the end will be required.

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Law
General Law
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Full Course
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Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Jonathan, Zittrain
Lawrence, Lessig
What is Remix Culture
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Remix and Share
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This resource is a playlist containing pointers to many other resources. This playlist is dedicated to understanding exactly what is meant by "Remix" and "Remix Culture. It goes through to first define and explain the terms and the phenonmenon, then to explain the implications of them, and finally give useful and interesting examples.

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Reading
Provider:
Harvard University
Provider Set:
Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard law School
Author:
Lindsey Hodsden