Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Public Policy

SMG LA 349

Intellectual Property, the Internet, and Public Policy explores the complex relationship between law and the Internet. Course readings introduce students to modes of Internet regulation, the legal framework erected in the U.S. to shield websites from liability for third-party content and conduct, and issues arising from extraterritorial application of geographic-based law. The course then uses legal disputes over intellectual property--primarily copyright, but also trademarks and patents--to illustrate how various stakeholders use lawsuits, legislation, and other modes of regulation to shape public policy and govern human behavior. Through research of specific online companies student teams will study how law affects business decisions, how public policy influences legal doctrines, and how changes in public policy might alter their target business's prospects. The course culminates in team papers and presentations that tie each team's analysis of their target company to the course's major themes.

FALL 2013 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Randall SMG 326 TR 11:00 am-12:30 pm Stamped Approval
Class Closed

SPRG 2014 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Randall SMG 326 TR 12:30 pm-2:00 pm Stamped Approval
Class Closed

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