We have organized our study of intellectual property in cyberspace into seven week-long modules. The best way to explore a module is as follows: First, read through the introduction and the accompanying "case study." You will probably find it least disruptive, on your first reading, not to pursue the various links in this portion of the module. (You may, of course, return to and follow them later.) Second, read all of the material listed (or linked) in the section entitled, "Assigned Reading." This "homework" should take you approximately one hour. It is designed to give you a rounded sense of the technology and legal doctrines that are implicated by the topic of the module. Third, complete the "assignment." Write a short (aprx. two-page) essay answering the assignment question and submit it. If you are a member of one of the small sections in Group A, you must complete the assignment by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday of the week in which the module is considered -- and must write a brief "reaction" to the submission you receive by midnight on Thursday of that week. Fourth, read and think about the issues presented in the section entitled, "Discussion Topics." If you have any thoughts on those topics -- or any other related issues -- please present them in the Threaded Conference (to which you can gain access at any time by clicking on the "Discussion Areas" icon at the top of the page). In thinking about these topics, you may find it helpful to explore at your leisure the large array of "Resources" that accompany the module. Fifth, check out any "Special Events" that may be offered in conjunction with the module.
Here, then, are the seven modules
Navigating the Web: Linking, Framing, Meta Tags, and Caching (February 7-13)
Respect and Integrity (February 14-20)
MP3 (February 21-27)
Alternatives to Intellectual Property (February 28-March 5)
Domain Names (March 6-12)
Business Methods Patents Online (March 13-19)
Jurisdiction (March 20-26)
You can also download the documents in each module.