This seminar explores major legal controversies afflicting the digital economy. In particular, the seminar asks how “property” and “monopoly power” should be defined to promote prosperity when “economic goods” consist chiefly of intangible bits of information spinning through a single, global Internet.
The seminar will consider frontier issues in copyright (and copyleft), patent, and Internet privacy law; recent legal clashes between “old” and “new” media; and current conflicts about regulating broadband access and network neutrality and about limiting the market power of “dominant” software-based and web-based businesses.
No prerequisites or exams. A 30 page research paper (graded), previewed orally in class, and active participation throughout, are expected. Enrollment limited to 16 (plus students wishing to do independent study in an area covered by the syllabus).
Course Specific Learning Outcomes:
Understanding of economic theory foundations of intellectual property, privacy law, and antitrust/regulatory concepts as these concepts are applied to commerce in the digital economy.