Fordham University School of Law
Professor Joel R. Reidenberg
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Web page: < http://reidenberg.home.sprynet.com >
This course will present an overview of key regulatory challenges that the Internet poses for the global information economy. The course will emphasize topics that are the focus of current litigation, legislative initiative or regulatory action. These include methods of regulating the Internet, issues of territorial jurisdiction, the protection of intellectual property, the protection of personal data, and the imposition of civil and criminal liability for Internet activity. The course will explore the unique interdependence of the emerging legal and technological rules for the regulation of Internet activities.
The basic readings for the course will be made available through this web page as the course progresses. Supplemental readings will be circulated by email. Students are strongly encouraged to subscribe to a cyberlaw news list. One excellent list is Professor Michael Geist's Internet Law News. Registration for a free subscription is available at http://ecommercecenter.bna.com/.
Class will meet on Wednesdays
from 10:30 to 12:20pm in Rm. 207.
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Browse these important Internet instititutions
Some useful tools and places
FTC Letter to Commercial Alert (June 27, 2002)
Consumer WebWatch News False Oracles: Consumer Reaction to Learning the Truth About How Search Engines Work (June 30, 2003)
Use your favorite search engine and time how long it takes for you to find something that (a) you do not believe should be available to children under the age of 13; (b) you do not believe should be available at all on the Internet; (c) you believe should definitely be accessible to all and available on the Internet. If you access the Internet from an employer's computer, you should not do this research there. Use only your personal or school access for this assignment.
PART II: NETWORK RULE-MAKING
This part of the course will
focus on the sources of rules and rule-making for network activity.
The topics emphasize the technology and the relationship between technology
and rule-making authority.
White House, Framework for Global Electronic Commerce (July 1, 1997)
IETF, The TAO of IETF June 18, 2001 (skim)
Joel R. Reidenberg, Governing Networks and Rule-Making in Cyberspace , 45 Emory L. J. 912 (1996)
Michael Froomkin, The Internet as a Source of Regulatory Arbitrage in Borders in Cyberspace (Brian Kahin
and Charles Nesson, eds.) (MIT Press, 1997)
Joel R. Reidenberg, Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules through Technology, 76 Texas L. Rev. 553 (1998)
Lawrence Lessig, Foreword: Conference on Internet Privacy 52 Stanford Law Review 987 (2000)
Lawrence Lessig, Code is Law, On liberty in Cyberspace , Harvard Magazine, January-February 2000
Michael Geist, Cyberlaw 2.0 , B.C. L. Rev. 324 (2003)
This unit will review the evolution of principles of jurisdiction for
activities on cross-border networks.
N.Y. Attorney General, Press Release: Ten Banks End Online Gambling with Credit Cards (Feb. 11, 2003)People v. World Interactive Gaming Corp ., 714 N.Y.S.2d 844 (1999)
MSNBC, Antigua claims win over US in Gaming Dispute, MSNBC.com, March 24 (2004)
Playboy Enterprises v. Chuckleberry 939 F. Supp. 1032 (SDNY, 1996)
Michael Geist, Is There a There There? Towards Greater Certainty for Internet Jurisdiction , 16 Berkeley Tech. L.J - (2001)
The Yahoo Case:TGI Paris Ordinance en référé (Nov. 20, 2001): Original English translation submitted to the US courts
Joel R. Reidenberg, Yahoo Case and Democracy on the Internet, 42 JURIMETRICS 261 (2002)
Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Contre le Racisme et L'Antisemitisme , 145 F. Supp. 2d 1168 (N.D.Cal. 2001) rev'd 379 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir., 2004) (be sure to read both the District and 9th Circuit decisions)
Joel R. Reidenberg, States and Internet Enforcement, 1 UNIV. OTTAWA TECH. L. J. 213 (2004)
Universal Studios v. Eric Corley , 273 F.3d 429 (2nd Cir., 2000)
Kelly v. Arribasoft , 336 F.3d 811 (9th Cir, July 7, 2003)
A& M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., US Court of Appeals, 9th Cir., Docket #00-16401 (Feb. 12, 2001) (skip Parts II; VI; VII(A)) Gnutella News, What is Gnutella? (2001) (read entire page)
In re Aimster Copyright Litigation , 334 F.3d 643 (7th Cir., 2003)
Metro Goldwyn Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, 380 F.3d 1154 (9th Cir., 2004)
Jefferson Graham, Privacy vs. Internet Piracy , USA Today, June 11, 2003
Verizon, RIAA v. Internet Services-- It's about privacy- not piracy
RIAA v. Verizon, 351 F. 3d 1229 (DC Cir., 2003)
Joel R. Reidenberg, Ecommerce and Trans-Atlantic Privacy , 38 HOUSTON L. REV. 717 (2001)
Orin Kerr, Internet Surveillance Law After the USA Patriot Act: The Big Brother That Isn’t,
97 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 607 (2003)
Daniel Solove, Reconstructing Electronic Surveillance Law, 72 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (2004)
N.Y. Attorney General, Press Release: Ten Banks End Online Gambling with Credit Cards (Feb. 11, 2003)