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.

We have organized our study of intellectual property in cyberspace into six 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 two hours. 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 Monday 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 one of the Threaded Conferences (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 you 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 six modules and the dates on which we will address them:

  • Who is Vulnerable to Suit? ISP Liability and Jurisdiction (March 1-5, 1999)
  • Navigating the Web: Linking, Framing, Meta Tags, and Caching (March 6-12, 1999)
  • Respect and Integrity (March 13-19, 1999)
  • Alternatives to Intellectual Property (March 20-26, 1999)
  • Domain Names (April 3-9, 1999)
  • Legal Protection for Websites (April 10-16, 1999)
  • Note that, to accommodate the Harvard Law School academic calendar, the Lecture and Discussion Series will not formally "meet" during the week of March 27-April 2.  Participants are, of course, free to carry on threaded discussions on their own.