Law in the Internet Society

Law in the Internet Society

Professor Eben Moglen
Columbia Law School
Fall, 2011

Please finish reading the selections in GraspingtheNet, and catch up with the radar. We will complete the discussion through this point on Thursday the 22nd. On the 29th, we will begin discussing the decay of intellectual property.

My office hours are Thursday 2pm to 4pm, and Friday 9am to 10am, in JGH 642. To make an appointment, please write, or consult my assistant, Ian Sullivan, at 212-461-1905.

On the Radar

Nicholas Kulish, Pirates’ Strong Showing in Berlin Elections Surprises Even Them, NY Times, September 20, 2011

A. G. Sulzberger, In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious, NY Times, September 20, 2011

Joe Wilcox, DigiNotar goes bust, betaNews, September 20, 2011

Christopher Soghoian, The forces that led to the DigiNotar hack, slight paranoia, September 19, 2011

John P. Mello Jr., The Swift Erosion of Online Trust, TechNewsWorld, September 13, 2011

John Leyden, Google tells Iranians: Change your Gmail password, The Register September 9, 2011

Dan Rowinski, Is Android Really Open? Skyhook's Battle With Google Challenges That Claim, NY Times, May 6, 2011

Robert McMillan, Mozilla Defies DHS, Will Not Remove Mafiaa Fire Add-on, PC World, May 5, 2011

David Kravets, CNET Accused of Copyright Infringement for Distributing LimeWire, Wired, May 4, 2011

Nate Anderson, Unhappy Mounties sick of being private copyright cops, Ars Technica, May 4, 2011

James Kanter, Europe Leads in Pushing for Privacy of User Data, NY Times, May 3, 2011

Denise Lavoie, OMG: Tweets, Facebook welcome in Mass. Courtroom, Associated Press, May 2, 2011

Dan Frosch, Enforcing Copyrights Online, for a Profit, NY Times, May 2, 2011

Nate Anderson, After botched child porn raid, judge sees the light on IP addresses, Ars Technica, May 2, 2011

Matthew Lasar, Wikileaks cables reveal US pressuring Canada on IP enforcement, Ars Technica, May 1, 2011

Natasha Singer, Data Privacy, Put to the Test, NY Times, April 30, 2011

Rik Myslewski, US Supremes deal death blow to class action lawsuits, The Register, April 28, 2011

Nancy Gohring, Supreme Court Decision Makes It Harder to Form Class Suits, PCWorld, April 27, 2011

What Happens To Data When a Cloud Provider Dies?, Slashdot, April 26, 2011

Sean Lawson, Where is the “Public Awareness” in the Cyber Security Public Awareness Act?, Forbes, April 26, 2011

Emily Bazelon, How to Unmask the Internet’s Vilest Characters, NY Times, April 22, 2011

Andrew Orlowski, What now for the anti-piracy law?, The Register, April 21, 2011

Greg Sandoval, Google accused of hypocrisy on Grooveshark ban, CNET, April 21, 2011

Michael Ono, Online Identity Theft Prompts Security Guidelines From White House, ABC News, April 21, 2011

Staff infoZine, Lawsuit Against YouTube Threatens Global Growth of Political Speech, April 8, 2011

Nate Anderson Email Author, Google: Don’t Give Private ‘Trolls’ Web Censorship Power, Wired, April 7, 2011

Cory Doctorow, Colombian Justice Minister ramming through extremist copyright legislation without public consultation, Boing Boing, April 7, 2011

Grant Gross, California Lawmaker Touts Do-not-track Bill, IDG News, April 4, 2011

John D. Sutter, Syria tests internet freedom theory,CNN, March 30, 2011

Matthew Lasar, Hard drive search warrants: should there be any limits?, Ars Technica, March 24, 2011

Ben Kerschberg, Can The Government Seize Your Email Without A Warrant? You’ll Be Surprised., Forbes, blogpost, February 8, 2011

Joe Karaganis (ed.), Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, SSRC, 2011

Leslie Scism and Mark Maremont, Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients, Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2010

Kim Zetter, Feds ‘Pinged’ Sprint GPS Data 8 Million Times Over a Year, Wired, December 1, 2009

Christopher Soghoian, 8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight,, December 1, 2009

Cory Doctorow, Traffic cameras used to harass and limit movement of peaceful protestors, BoingBoing, November 21, 2009

Noah Shachtman, U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets, Wired, October 19, 2009

Eben Moglen, Patent Law at a Crossroads: Bilski and Beyond, Speech at Cardozo, November 2, 2009

Ryan Singel, YouTube’s Bandwidth Bill Is Zero. Welcome to the New Net, Wired, October 16, 2009

Natasha Singer, When 2+2 Equals a Privacy Question, New York Times, October 18, 2009

Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues see especially The "Sita Sings the Blues" Distribution Project

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Science, 12 October 2009

Nate Anderson, 100 years of Big Content fearing technology—in its own words, Ars Technica, October 11, 2009

SFLC Amicus Curiae: Bilski v. Kappos

Glyn Moody, Open Source Makes Big Gains at the London Stock Exchange, Computerworld UK, October 6, 2009

James G. Lakely, The Strange Philosophy Behind the Movement for Net Neutrality(full pdf), The Heartland Institute, October 5th, 2009

Randall Stross, Will Books Be Napsterized?, New York times, October 4, 2009

Julius Genachowski, Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity,, September 21, 2009

Fawn Johnson, FCC Adopts Open Net Rules, Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2009


Introduction, Political Economy:
The Way We Live Now

Sociology, Economics, Legal Theory:
Grasping the Net

Copyright and Other Intellectual Improperty:
Anarchists, Authors, and Owners

Carriage Regulation:
Controlling the Switches

Privacy in Private and Public Law:
The State, The Spook, The Cop, Her Wife, and His Lover

Eyes Wide Shut:
Taboo Enforcement and the First Amendment

Making Broadcasters Unconstitutional:
Rethinking Media Law

Electronic Democracy:
Restructuring Politics

A Word on Technology Old and New About the Word

This seminar is an attempt to learn about, understand and predict the development of law in a rapidly changing area. We must assemble the field of knowledge relevant to our questions even as we begin trying to answer them. Wiki technology is an ideal match for the work we have in hand. Below you will find an introduction to this particular wiki, or TWiki, where you can learn as much or as little about how this technology works as you want.

For now, the most important thing is just that any page of the wiki has an edit button, and your work in the course consists of writings that we will collaboratively produce here. You can make new pages, edit existing pages, attach files to any page, add links, leave comments in the comment boxes--whatever in your opinion adds to a richer dialog. During the semester I will assign writing exercises, which will also be posted here. All of everyone's work contributes to a larger and more informative whole, which is what our conversation is informed by, and helps us to understand.

Please begin by registering. I look forward to seeing you at our first meeting on the 10th.

Introduction to the LawNetSoc Web

The LawNetSoc site is a collaborative class space built on Twiki [], a free software wiki system. If this is your first time using a wiki for a long term project, or first time using a wiki at all, you might want to take a minute and look around this site. If you see something on the page that you don't know how to create in a wiki, take a look at the text that produced it using the "Edit" button at the top of each page, and feel free to try anything out in the Sandbox.

All of the Twiki documentation is also right at hand. Follow the TWiki link in the sidebar. There are a number of good tutorials and helpful FAQs there explaining the basics of what a wiki does, how to use Twiki, and how to format text.

From TWiki's point of view, this course, Law in the Internet Society, is one "web." There are other webs here: the sandbox for trying wiki experiments, for example, and my other courses, etc. You're welcome to look around in those webs too, of course. Below are some useful tools for dealing with this particular web of ours. You can see the list of recent changes, and you can arrange to be notified of changes, either by email or by RSS feed. I would strongly recommend that you sign up for one or another form of notification; if not, it is your responsibility to keep abreast of the changes yourself.

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