Internet & E-Commerce Law

Course number: LAW 3980

Nature of the course: This is a perspectives course.  It will cover legislation, case law and practical drafting techniques in many areas in order to better equip students in the practice of law, and at the same time invite students to reflect upon the political and social issues that arise as “cyberlaw” develops.

Course Materials: Lawrence Lessig, The Code 2.0; Mark Helprin, Digital Barbarians.

Subject matter of the course: the legislation, court decisions, policy debates and practical drafting and litigitation techniques connected with the internet and-commerce.

A variety of issues will be covered, including:

  • freedom of expression issues: jurisdiction, internet speech regulation;
  • online privacy issues;
  • intellectual property issues, including  domain names and downloading of copyright material;
  • internet commerce issues, such as the law of contracts pertaining to online contracting.

Method of instruction:

The first two thirds of the course is lecture and class discussion; there will be a number of guest lecturers, and students will be expected to attend (subject to obligations in other scheduled courses) the last third, student presentations.

Method of evaluation: paper and presentation, 100%; strong class participation can raise grade by one level (e.g., turn a strong B into a B+).

Attendance: Mandatory.  More than two classes missed without reasonable excuse will result in grade penalties.

INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Bryan Schwartz

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