Cyberspace Law

SLN #: 87307
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 009
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Clinton

Course Description:
The explosive growth of the importance, economic significance, and reach of computer software and the Internet has spawned a burgeoning field of law that attorneys practising in the 21st century will need to understand and address. The ability of computer technology to instantaneously transfer across jurisdictional boundaries or broadcast worldwide digital information, whether the information in the computer file takes the form of a music file, a document, a picture, a television program or motion picture, or a computer software program, poses significant threats to businesses and established intellectual property regimes. Issues of this type include file sharing of music and motion pictures and the legal protections surrounding digital rights management. The movement of businesses into the virtual world of the Internet has also created a host of trademark and domain name control issues. In some circumstances, efforts are made to apply existing legal concepts to these new problems arising in cyberspace; while in other cases entirely new legal strategies must be developed.. The Cyberspace Law course will examine a diverse group of emerging cyberspace legal issues with a focus on the interface of jurisdictional and intellectual property regimes with the virtual world of the Internet.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: No
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes, With Instructor's Approval*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: None (Intellectual Property Background helpful)
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: Take-Home
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Maybe
Participation Points: Yes
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Yes

* The law school has a policy that is used to calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.