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Spring 2013
6325 Internet Law - LIPTON- 30837

Professor(s): Jacqueline Lipton (DEPARTED)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  TTh  Location: 3  BLB

Course Outline: This course covers a survey of legal issues arising from the rapid growth of the internet and other on-line communications. The focus will be on issues of jurisdiction, freedom of speech, and intellectual property rights online, as well as some discussion of privacy, defamation and contract law issues pertaining to the Internet. Some of the over-arching themes examined throughout the semester will include the role and legal liability of online intermediaries for wrongful conduct, the role of law in regulating cyberspace (as compared with other regulatory modalities such as market forces, social norms, system architecture, and public education campaigns), and the question as to whether "Internet law" or "cyberlaw" can be meaningfully described as a cohesive legal field in its own right.

Course Syllabus:

Course Notes: Professor Jaquelin Lipton  
Internet Law

Spring 2013
Professor Jacqueline Lipton

Subject Overview

Contact Details:

Professor Jacqueline Lipton
Room 104J, Health Law and Policy Suite
Telephone 713-743-1543

Administrative Assistant: Ms Elaine Gildea,,
tel 713-743-2106 (Health Law and Policy Suite)

Student Consultation:

Consultation with Professor Lipton is by appointment. Students wishing to make an appointment with Professor Lipton should do so by telephone or email.

Subject Organization:

1. Assessment: Assessment will be by 3 hour supervised exam at the end of the semester (worth 90% of the overall grade), with a 10% component of the grade for class participation, including attendance and general participation in class discussions.

2. Reading Materials: The prescribed text is Ku & Lipton, CYBERSPACE LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (3 ed, 2010). All students should have access to a copy of the prescribed text. Additional study materials will be distributed in hard copy and/or via the TWEN website during the semester. Weekly reading assignments will be announced in class and posted on the “Weekly Announcements/Assignments” discussion thread on the TWEN website throughout the semester. The course content will focus on the impact of the Internet and other digital technologies on legal issues such as: jurisdiction; freedom of expression; trademark and copyright law, and associated intellectual property issues; privacy and defamation; and, Internet governance.

3. TWEN Website: Students should regularly check the TWEN Website for this subject (at least once a week) for notices and additional reading materials.

Reading Assignment: Please come to the first class prepared to discuss the material on pages 1-32 of the casebook.

Please note that there will be no Internet Law class on Tuesday Feb. 5. A make-up class will be scheduled later in the semester.


First Day Assignments: Reading Assignment: Please come to the first class prepared to discuss the material on pages 1-32 of the casebook.

Final Exam Schedule: 05/02 6-9pm  240 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

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