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Internet Law: Cases and Materials (2018)

Table of contents
Chapter One. What is the Internet? Who Regulates It?
1.1 - ACLU v. Reno (CDA I District Ct. Facts Only)
1.2 - Noah v. AOL (E.D. Va.)
1.3 - Determining the Geography of Internet-Connected Devices
Chapter Two. Jurisdiction
2.1 - Protocol for Evaluating Personal Jurisdiction
2.2 - Toys ‘R’ Us v. Step Two (3d Cir.)
2.3 - Illinois v. Hemi Group (7th Cir.)
Chapter Three. Contracts
3.1 - Meyer v. Uber (2d Cir.)
3.2 - Register.com v. Verio (2d Cir.)
3.3 - Harris v. Blockbuster
Chapter Four. Trespass/Computer Fraud & Abuse Act
4.1 - Comparison of Trespass to Chattels Doctrines
4.2 - Intel v. Hamidi (Cal. Sup. Ct.)
4.3 - Register.com v. Verio (Trespass to Chattels section)
4.4 - Online Trespass to Chattels: a Failed Experiment
Chapter Five. Copyright
5.1 - Copyright Basics (Copyright Office Circular 1)
5.2 - Note About Fair Use
5.3 - Cartoon Network v. CSC (2d Cir.)
5.4 - MGM Studios v. Grokster (Sup. Ct.)
5.5 - Goldman’s 512(c) Cheat Sheet
5.6 - UMG v. Shelter Capital (9th Cir. revised opinion)
5.7 - How the DMCA’s Online Copyright Safe Harbor Failed
5.8 - Ticketmaster v. RMG
Chapter Six. Trademarks and Domain Names
6.1 - Trademark FAQs
6.2 - Trademark Glossary
6.2.1 - A. Domain Names and Metatags
6.3 - Lamparello v. Falwell (4th Cir.)
6.4 - Promatek v. Equitrac (7th Cir.) Original Order and Revision
6.4.1 - B. Search Engines
6.5 - Network Automation v. Advanced Systems Concepts (9th Cir.)
6.6 - Tiffany v. eBay (2d Cir.)
Chapter Seven. Pornography
7.1 - Pornography Glossary
7.2 - Reno v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 1997)
7.3 - Ashcroft v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 2004)
Chapter Eight. Defamation and Information Torts
8.1 - 47 U.S.C. §230
8.2 - An Introduction to Section 230
8.3 - A Note About FOSTA
8.4 - Zeran v. America Online (4th Cir.)
8.5 - Fair Housing Council v. Roommates.com (9th Cir. en banc)
8.6 - International Approaches to Liability for Information Torts
Chapter Nine. Privacy
9.1 - Excerpts from 16 C.F.R. Part 312, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act’s Regulations
9.2 - The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
9.3 - An Introduction to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
9.4 - In re. Pharmatrak (1st Cir.)
Chapter Ten. Spam
10.1 - Where’s the Beef? Dissecting Spam’s Purported Harms
Chapter Eleven. Blogs and Social Networking Sites
11.1 - The Third Wave of Internet Exceptionalism
11.2 - People v. Lopez (Cal. App. Ct.)
11.3 - Doe v. MySpace (5th Cir.)
11.4 - Zimmerman v. Weis Markets
11.5 - Farley v. Callais & Sons
11.6 - In re Rolando S. (Cal. App. Ct.)
11.7 - Moreno v. Hanford Sentinel (Cal. App. Ct.)
Chapter Twelve. REVIEW QUESTION ANSWERS
Internet Law: Cases and Materials (2018)
1st Edition
Eric Goldman
Portions © Eric Goldman
Table Of Contents
  • Introduction - INTERNET LAW: CASES & MATERIALS
  • Chapter One - What is the Internet? Who Regulates It?
    • 1.1 - ACLU v. Reno (CDA I District Ct. Facts Only)
    • 1.2 - Noah v. AOL (E.D. Va.)
    • 1.3 - Determining the Geography of Internet-Connected Devices
  • Chapter Two - Jurisdiction
    • 2.1 - Protocol for Evaluating Personal Jurisdiction
    • 2.2 - Toys ‘R’ Us v. Step Two (3d Cir.)
    • 2.3 - Illinois v. Hemi Group (7th Cir.)
  • Chapter Three - Contracts
    • 3.1 - Meyer v. Uber (2d Cir.)
    • 3.2 - Register.com v. Verio (2d Cir.)
    • 3.3 - Harris v. Blockbuster
  • Chapter Four - Trespass/Computer Fraud & Abuse Act
    • 4.1 - Comparison of Trespass to Chattels Doctrines
    • 4.2 - Intel v. Hamidi (Cal. Sup. Ct.)
    • 4.3 - Register.com v. Verio (Trespass to Chattels section)
    • 4.4 - Online Trespass to Chattels: a Failed Experiment
  • Chapter Five - Copyright
    • 5.1 - Copyright Basics (Copyright Office Circular 1)
    • 5.2 - Note About Fair Use
    • 5.3 - Cartoon Network v. CSC (2d Cir.)
    • 5.4 - MGM Studios v. Grokster (Sup. Ct.)
    • 5.5 - Goldman’s 512(c) Cheat Sheet
    • 5.6 - UMG v. Shelter Capital (9th Cir. revised opinion)
    • 5.7 - How the DMCA’s Online Copyright Safe Harbor Failed
    • 5.8 - Ticketmaster v. RMG
  • Chapter Six - Trademarks and Domain Names
    • 6.1 - Trademark FAQs
    • 6.2 - Trademark Glossary
      • 6.2.1 - A. Domain Names and Metatags
    • 6.3 - Lamparello v. Falwell (4th Cir.)
    • 6.4 - Promatek v. Equitrac (7th Cir.) Original Order and Revision
      • 6.4.1 - B. Search Engines
    • 6.5 - Network Automation v. Advanced Systems Concepts (9th Cir.)
    • 6.6 - Tiffany v. eBay (2d Cir.)
  • Chapter Seven - Pornography
    • 7.1 - Pornography Glossary
    • 7.2 - Reno v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 1997)
    • 7.3 - Ashcroft v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 2004)
  • Chapter Eight - Defamation and Information Torts
    • 8.1 - 47 U.S.C. §230
    • 8.2 - An Introduction to Section 230
    • 8.3 - A Note About FOSTA
    • 8.4 - Zeran v. America Online (4th Cir.)
    • 8.5 - Fair Housing Council v. Roommates.com (9th Cir. en banc)
    • 8.6 - International Approaches to Liability for Information Torts
  • Chapter Nine - Privacy
    • 9.1 - Excerpts from 16 C.F.R. Part 312, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act’s Regulations
    • 9.2 - The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • 9.3 - An Introduction to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
    • 9.4 - In re. Pharmatrak (1st Cir.)
  • Chapter Ten - Spam
    • 10.1 - Where’s the Beef? Dissecting Spam’s Purported Harms
  • Chapter Eleven - Blogs and Social Networking Sites
    • 11.1 - The Third Wave of Internet Exceptionalism
    • 11.2 - People v. Lopez (Cal. App. Ct.)
    • 11.3 - Doe v. MySpace (5th Cir.)
    • 11.4 - Zimmerman v. Weis Markets
    • 11.5 - Farley v. Callais & Sons
    • 11.6 - In re Rolando S. (Cal. App. Ct.)
    • 11.7 - Moreno v. Hanford Sentinel (Cal. App. Ct.)
  • Chapter Twelve - REVIEW QUESTION ANSWERS
Introduction
INTERNET LAW: CASES & MATERIALS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Eric Goldman

 

 

 

July 2018 version

 

 

Portions © Eric Goldman

Follow new developments in Internet Law at my Technology & Marketing Law blog [http://blog.ericgoldman.org/] and my Twitter feed [https://twitter.com/ericgoldman].

To make sure you always are looking at the most current version, I have excluded the text of most statutes and similar rulesets from the book and linked to the statutes in the table of contents. However, Internet law is principally a statute-driven course, and there’s no substitute for actually reading the statutes!

Editing Notes:

  • Textual omissions are noted with ellipses
  • Omitted footnotes are not indicated, but all footnote numbers are original
  • In-text citations are omitted without indication (including parenthetical explanations and some parallel citations)
  • Although I have tried to preserve the original formatting (such as italics, bold and blockquotes), some formatting may have changed or been lost.
  • I included the authoring judge’s name only when I think that may be interesting.
  • I’ve made minor edits to my blog posts without indicating those changes.

To improve readability, I have aggressively stripped out case citations and parenthetical explanations (more so than in most casebooks). If you are interested in the court’s actual words or intend to quote or cite one of these opinions, I STRONGLY recommend that you pull the actual opinion and read the unedited version.

There are a few review questions sprinkled throughout the book. Answers are at the end of the book, but no fair peeking until you’ve tried your best!

People disagree whether the “I” in Internet should be capitalized. See, e.g., Katherine Connor Martin, Should You Capitalize the Word Internet?Oxford Dictionaries, Apr. 5, 2016, https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/04/should-you-capitalize-internet/. Like most old-timers, I firmly believe “Internet” always should be capitalized!

If you are a professor and you’re adopting this book for your course, please email me at (egoldman@gmail.com). I can share my course notes and PowerPoint deck.

If you bought a hard copy of this book: I’ve done my best to make the hard copy version of the book useful to you, but it lacks color images, clickable links, and keyword searching. Please email me (egoldman@gmail.com) your hard copy purchase receipt showing which edition you bought, and I will happily email you a PDF at no extra cost to you.

I’m grateful for the many people over the years who have provided helpful comments to improve this book, including Venkat Balasubramani, James Grimmelmann, Daphne Keller, Jeff Kosseff, and Alex Levy. I welcome your comments or corrections at egoldman@gmail.com.

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