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Difficult Problems in Cyberlaw - Winter 2010

Winter term

Professor Jonathan Zittrain
2 classroom credits Winter LAW-34285A
2, 3, or 4 optional clinical credits Spring LAW-34285C

This course will explore difficult problems in cyberlaw, presented by guests who must grapple with them. Guests will include academics, technologists, businesspeople, regulators, and social entrepreneurs whose puzzles may require solutions that span disciplines and approaches. Students' final contributions will be to make progress on one of the problems.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The course is jointly offered with Stanford Law School, and will meet at Stanford. Students from Harvard will have air transportation and lodging in Silicon Valley provided for the time they are in residence there during January term.

Students must be prepared to take an active role in planning and executing the course, and to embrace experimentation in course format and with new technologies. Prerequisites: at least one course in cyberlaw or copyright.

Students who would like to participate in the optional spring clinical must enroll through clinical registration. Clinical placements are with the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website ( for clinical registration dates, early add/drop deadlines, and other clinical information.

Students interested in enrolling in this course can access the application web site at to apply. The deadline for non-LLM applications is September 15.

The four main difficult problems to be addressed are:

Cross-cutting themes include: