Intellectual Property in Cyberspace

The 1999 version of the Intellectual Property in Cyberspace series is still available via these pages.  An updated and modified version of the series is being offered in the Spring of 2000.

1999 series sponsored by Hale and Dorr

Who owns what information on the Internet? Who should own what information on the Internet? As usage of the Net intensifies, these questions are becoming increasingly important and controversial. Lawyers, legal scholars, judges, lawmakers, and Internet users disagree concerning how the existing set of legal rules should be applied to this new medium -- and disagree even more sharply concerning whether and how those rules should be modified to manage the medium better.

The primary purpose of this series of lectures and discussions is to enable participants to explore these issues in some depth. Over a six-week period, Professor William Fisher, assisted by a team of Teaching Fellows, will organize an exploration of some of the most controversial topics in this rapidly changing field. The series is free and open to the public, but participation in the discussions is limited to the first 1,500 people who register.

A secondary purpose of this series is to explore the educational potential of the Internet. Traditional, formal, higher education has many merits -- but has many limitations as well. Our hypothesis is that the Internet makes possible a different kind of learning -- more interactive, less exclusive, less expensive, equally sophisticated, and perhaps more fun. One of our aspirations is to test that hypothesis. In that spirit, we welcome comments, criticism, and suggestions concerning how the lectures and discussions might be organized better. (Just click on the "Feedback" icon at any time.)

The Syllabus lists the topics covered in the series and the dates on which they will be considered. If you are interested in
participating in the series, go to "Getting Started".