Internet Law 2002: Syllabus

St. John's University School of Law

Professor Wendy Seltzer, email
Telephone: (212) 715-7815


Lawrence Lessig, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace ("Code")

Lemley, Menell, Merges, and Samuelson, Software and Internet Law, and updates ("LMMS")

Course Information
Current Assignment

Week 1: Introduction -- What is Internet Law?

  • Findings of Fact (paragraphs 1-48) from American Civil Liberties Union v. Reno, 929 F.Supp. 824 (E.D. Pa. 1996) (affirmed, Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U.S. 844, 117 S.Ct. 2329, 1997).
  • Lawrence Lessig, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace ("Code"), chapters 1-4
  • John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
    The District Court in ACLU v. Reno granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Communications Decency Act, section 223, which imposed criminal penalties for making "indecent" or "patently offensive" material available to minors. (We will discuss the decision's legal conclusions and the challenges of blocking and filtering in a few weeks.) What defines the Internet for the ACLU v. Reno court? How does this court's Internet compare to Lessig's? to Barlow's?
  • Week 2: Internet Management or Governance

    Week 3: Jurisdiction and Overlapping Sovereignties

    Week 4: Speech 1: "We Must Protect the Children"

    Week 5: Speech 2: Anonymity and/or Accountability

    Week 6: Copyright and Peer-to-Peer Networking

    Week 7: Anticircumvention

    Week 8: "Just Say Yes to Licensing": Doing Business Online

    Week 9: Privacy

    Week 10: Domain Names and Cybersquatting

    Week 11: Alternatives to Intellectual Property

    Week 12: Monopolies in Cyberspace

    Week 13: Security, Crime, and Encryption

    Week 14: Conclusion: Digital Music Case Study

    Last updated: October 2002