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Child Exploitation, Pornography, and the Internet: Seminar - Spring 2010

Spring term, Block D
Th 9:50 AM - 11:50 AM

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

This course addresses the complex legal, technological, and social questions created by the 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 who enroll in the optional clinical will work in the Berkman Center's Cyberlaw Clinic either before or while they take the seminar. At the clinic, students will supplement their educational experience by working for real clients on matters that involve child protection as well as an Internet or technological component. 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 registration dates and early add/drop deadlines.