Syllabus

Week 1: 8/26 & 8/31 Week 2:   9/5 & 9/7 Week 3: 9/12 & 9/14
Week 4: 9/19 & 9/21 Week 5: 9/26 & 9/28 Week 6: 10/3 & 10/5
Week 7: 10/10 & 10/12 Week 8: 10/17 & 10/19 Week 9: 10/24 & 10/26
Week 10: 10/31 & 11/2 Week 11: 11/7 & 11/9 Week 12: 11/14 & 11/16
Week 13: 11/21 & 11/23 Week 14: 11/28 & 11/30 Week 15: 12/1 & 12/1

Week 1

Monday, August 29: Introduction to Information Law & Policy

Wednesday, August 31: Introduction to Information Law and Policy

  • Moor, James, “What is computer ethics?” [HTML]
  • Clark, D. D., Wroclawski, J., Sollins, K. R., and Braden, R. 2005. Tussle in cyberspace: defining tomorrow’s internet. IEEE/ACM Trans. Netw. 13, 3 (Jun. 2005), 462-475. [PDF]
  • Recommended: Orin S. Kerr, How to Read a Legal Opinion, 11 Green Bag 2d 51 (2007). [PDF]

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Week 2

Monday, September 5: No Class
Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 7: Introduction to Information Law and Policy
Architecture’s influence on regulation

  • Berman, J. and Weitzner, D.J., “Abundance and User Control: Renewing the Democratic Heart of the First Amendment in the Age of Interactive Media,” 104 Yale Law Journal 1619, (1995). [PDF]
  • ACLU v. Mukasey, 534 F.3d 181, 2008 (3d Cir. Pa. 2008) (skip sections III, IV A, IV C, and Conclusion) [PDF]

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Week 3 

Monday, September 12: Freedom of Expression
Relationship Between Architecture and State Regulation

Wednesday, September 14:  Freedom of Expression
Private Property and Freedom of Expression

  • Lloyd v. Tanner 407 U.S. 551 (1972)
  • UNITED STATES V. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSN., INC. (02-361) 539 U.S. 194 (2003) (plurality opinion). [PDF] or [HTML]
  • Intel Corp. v. Hamidi, 114 Cal. Rptr. 2d 244  (Ct. App. 2001). (read Factual and Procedural Background section & section III) [HTML]
  • MacKinnon, Rebecca. “WikiLeaks, Amazon and the new threat to internet speech.” Special to CNN, December 3, 2010 [HTML]
  • Testimony of Leslie Harris before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law on Global Internet Freedom: Corporate Responsibility and the Rule of Law” [PDF]

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Week 4

Monday, September 19: Privacy and Exposure

 Wednesday, September 21: Privacy— Consumer Protection Approaches

  • FTC Policy Statement on Deception [PDF]
  • FTC Policy Statement on Unfairness [PDF]
  • In the Matter of Google. Read the Agreement, Complaint, Exhibits A-D, and Concurring Statement [all links PDF]
  • In the Matter of Sears Holdings Management Corporation (order) [PDF]
  • In the Matter of Sears Holdings Management Corporation (complaint) [PDF]

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Week 5 

Monday, September 26: Privacy—Special Considerations
Kids, Location, and Information goods

Wednesday, September 28 Consumer Protection and Security

  • FTC Statement on Data Security [PDF]
  • In the Matter of Eli Lilly [PDF]
  • In the matter of CardSystems [PDF]
  • California Office of Privacy Protection’s Recommended Practices under the Security Breach Notice law: Read pages 5-15 [PDF]

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Week 6

Monday, October 3: Copyright

  • 17 USC §§ 102, 103, 106, 107, 117 (definitions of works eligible for copyright; all links HTML)
  • Feist v. Rural, 499 U.S. 340 (1991) [HTML]

Wednesday, October 5: Patent Basics
Guest Lecturer: Robert Barr

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Week 7

Monday, October 10: Copyright and Personal Use

  • Mulligan, Han, Burstein, “How DRM Content Systems Disrupt Expectations of Personal Use” [PDF]
  • The Engadget Interview: Paul Aiken, Executive Director of the Authors Guild [HTML]
  • Optional: Van Houweling, Molly Shaffer, Distributive Values in Copyright. Texas Law Review, Vol. 83, p. 1535, 2005. [PDF]

Wednesday, October 12:  Reusing Other People’s “Works” — Fair Use

  • Online Policy Group (OPG) v. Diebold 337 F.Supp.2d 1195 (N.D. Cal. 2004) Excerpt. [PDF]
  • Perfect 10 v. Google — District Court Opinion [Google Scholar]
  • Band, J., “The Google Library Project: Both Sides of the Story,” 2 Plagiary 1 (2006) [PDF]

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Week 8

Monday, October 17:  Contracts and Terms of Service (TOS)

  • Pro-CD v. Zeidenberg, 86 F.3d 1447 (1996) [HTML]
  • Alan Charles Raul, Edward McNicholas, Colleen Theresa Rutledge, and Adam Rusnak, End of the Notice Paradigm?: FTC’s Proposed Settlement Casts Doubt On the Sufficiency of Disclosures in Privacy Policies and User Agreements, 8 PVLR 1070 (2009) [PDF]

Wednesday, October 19: Information Licensing and Consumer Protection

  • Mortenson v. Timberline, 140 Wn.2d 568 (2000) [PDF]
  • Williams v. AOL, 43 U.C.C. Rep. Serv. 2d. 1101 (2001) [PDF]

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Week 9

Monday, October 24: Hot News

  • NBA v. Motorola, 105 F.3d 841 (1997) (§§ I and II) [HTML]

Wednesday, October 26: Access and Authorization

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Week 10

Monday, October 31: Tying it together

Wednesday, November 2: Copyright in Software
Guest Lecturer: Professor Brian Carver

  • Data East v. Epyx, 862 F.2d 204 (9th Cir. 1988) [HTML]
  • Apple v. Microsoft, 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir. 1994) [HTML]
  • Lotus v. Borland, 49 F.3d 807 (1st. Cir. 1995) [HTML]
  • Complaint: Tetris Holding LLC et. al. v. XIO Interactive [HTML] [PDF]


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Week 11

Monday, November 7: Liability for Defective Information

  • Cardozo v. True, 342 So. 2d 1053 (1977) [PDF]
  • Aetna v. Jeppesen, 642 F.2d 339 (1981) [PDF]

Wednesday, November 9: Liability for Content Created and/or Posted by Others Section 230

  • 17 USC § 230 (protection for blocking/screening; link HTML)
  • Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley, et al. v. Roommates.com LLC  (Majority Opinion Only) [PDF]

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Week 12 

Monday, November 14: Liability for Content Content Created and/or Posted by Others

  • DMCA 
  • 17 USC § 512; SKIP: skip § 512 e-f, h, j (safe harbors; all links HTML)
  • Summary Judgment: Viacom Int’l Inc., et al., v. YouTube, Inc., et al., Nos. 07-Civ-2103 (LLS), 07-Civ-3582 (LLS). (S.D.N.Y., 2010) SKIP: §3 and 4a [PDF]
  • Optional: Urban, J., Quilter, L., “Efficient Process or ‘Chilling Effects’? Takedown Notices Under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” Executive Summary (2006). [PDF]
  • Explore Google/YouTube’s ContentID tool: What is YouTube’s Content ID tool? 

Wednesday, November 16: Technology Design and Liability
Copyright

  • Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984) Excerpt. Read majority opinion [HTML]
  • MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd. 545 U.S. 913 (2005). Read majority opinion (OPTIONAL: read Justice Breyer’s concurring opinion.) [PDF]

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Week 13

Monday, November 21: Technology Design and Liability
Privacy

  • 18 USC § 2512 (electronic communication interception devices; links HTML)
  • United States of America v. The Spy Factory, Inc. 951 F. Supp. 450; U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108 (1997). Read the first two paragraphs of the background and then section II B 1 to the end (starts bottom of page 21) [PDF]

Wednesday, November 23: Privacy, Surveillance and the Government
TBA

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Week 14

Monday, November 28: Rules in the Workplace
Guest Lecturer: Chris Ridder

Wednesday, November 30: Electronic Communications and Privacy

  • 18 USC 2701-2703
  • Refer to definitions from 18 USC 2510 as needed to understand.Consider:
    • Under what standard can the government access your email from your internet service provider?
    • What if your ISP can access your email for purposes other than storage and processing?
    • Under what standard can the government access search terms you enter?
    • How is a search engine classified under the statute?
    • Under what standard can government access location information held by an electronic communication service provider?

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BERNARD L. BILSKI AND RAND A. WARSAW, PETITIONERS v. DAVID J. KAPPOS, UNDER SECRETARY OF COMMERCE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DIRECTOR, PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
No. 08-964 SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

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