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Child Exploitation, Pornography, and the Internet: Seminar - Spring 2009

Spring term, Block D
Th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ms. Diane Rosenfeld and Ms. Dena Sacco 2 classroom credits LAW-98063A 2, 3, or 4 optional clinical credits LAW-98063C Fall or Spring or 2 optional clinical credits LAW-98063C Winter

This course addresses the complex legal, technological, and social questions created by the rapidly increasing distribution of both child and adult pornography on the Internet over the past decade. While prosecuting child pornography cases has become a law-enforcement priority, enforcement efforts have been increasingly challenged by developments in technology and concomitant changes in social mores. Adult pornography has remained outside the reach of law enforcement unless it is considered obscene. The course considers the legal frameworks for child and adult pornography, including the Constitutional and technological dimensions of regulatory efforts, the underlying social assumptions that result in the differences in how the law treats the two, and the relationship of child and adult pornography to sexual violence and exploitation. Students will be offered the opportunity to work in the Berkman Center's Cyberlaw Clinic either before or while they take the course. At the clinic, they will supplement their educational experience by working for real clients on exploitation cases that involve an Internet component. Information on the Cyberlaw Clinic and on Ms. Sacco is available on the Berkman Center's website (

Open to 2L and 3L JD students and LL.M. candidates.

Students who would like to participate in the optional clinical must enroll through clinical registration. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs ( for clinical course registration dates and early add/drop deadlines.