Fordham University School of Law

INTERNET REGULATION

Spring 2005

Professor Joel R. Reidenberg
Email: < reidenberg@sprynet.com >
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.
                    Exercise:
          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)
People v. World Interactive Gaming Corp ., 714 N.Y.S.2d 844 (1999)
                             N.Y. Attorney General, Press Release: Ten Banks End Online Gambling with Credit Cards (Feb. 11, 2003)
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)

PART II:    INFORMATION FLOWS
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)
                            Joel R. Reidenberg, Privacy Wrongs in Search of Remedies , 54 HASTINGS L. J. 877 2003)
PART III:    E-COMMERCE