The Internet & The Market: Reading Assignments

Part IV: Digital IP

1. Linking Liability/Meta-tags

Reading

  1. Mark Sableman, Link Law Revisited: Internet Linking Law At Five Years, 16 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1273 (2001) (Westlaw)
  2. Kazumi Tanaka, Asia BizTech, Web Links Can Be Considered Illegal, Osaka Court Judgement Says (April 7, 2000)
  3. Brookfield Communications, Inc. v. West Coast Entertainment Corp., 174 F.3d 1036 (9th Cir. 1999) (Westlaw) Concentrate on part V.B of the opinion
  4. Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Welles, 279 F.3d 796 (9th Cir. 2002) (Westlaw)
  5. Chad J. Doellinger, Trademarks, Metatags, And Initial Interest Confusion: A Look To The Past To Re-Conceptualize The Future, 41 IDEA: J.L. & Tech. 173 (2001) (Westlaw)

Doing

  • Visit ABA, Web-Linking Agreements: Contracting Strategies and Model Provisions.  Should lawyers buy this book?
  • Visit Stefan Bechtold, The End of the Internet (2001)
  • Thinking

  • If there is a technological solution to the deep linking 'problem' should the law stay out of it?  Or should it protect the less technologically savvy?  The lazy?
  • Your e-commerce client has been deep linked by a competitor.  What do you advise?
  • Your represent the Citizens Against Corporate Antagonists, who routinely deep link to highlight what they consider corporate abuse.  They've just gotten a cease and desist letter.  What do you advise?
  • Optional

    1. Stefan Bechtold, The Link Controversy Page
    2. Dan L. Burk, Proprietary Rights in Hypertext Linkages, 1998 (2) JILT
    3. Walter A. Effross, Withdrawal of the Reference: Rights, Rules, and Remedies for Unwelcomed Web-Linking, 49 South Carolina Law Review 651-693 (Spring 1998)
    4. Maureen A. O'Rourke, Fencing Cyberspace: Drawing Borders in a Virtual World, 82 Minn. L. Rev. 609 (1998) (westlaw)
    5. Maureen A. O'Rourke, Property Rights And Competition On The Internet: In Search Of An Appropriate Analogy,16 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 561(2001) (Westlaw)

    2. Introduction to (Some) Online Copyright Issues

    Reading

    1. Aaron Rubin, Comment, Are You Experienced? The Copyright Implications Of Web Site Modification Technology, 89 Calif. L. Rev. 817 (2001) (westlaw)
    2. P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Caching and Copyright: The Right of Temporary Copying, 22 European Intellectual Property Review 482 (2000) (not online, sorry)
    3. Religious Technology Center v. Netcom, 907 F. Supp. 1361 (N.D. Cal. 1995) (Westlaw)
    4. Jane C. Ginsburg, Copyright And Control Over New Technologies Of Dissemination, 101 Colum. L. Rev. 1613 (2001) (Westlaw)
    5. ALS Scan v. Remarq Communities, Inc., 239 F.3d 619 (4th Cir. 2001) (Westlaw)

    Thinking

    Optional

    1. Ellison v. Robertson (C.D. Cal. March 12, 2002)

    3. DMCA & Copyright Management Technologies

    Reading

    1. Bruce Schneier, The Futility of Digital Copy Prevention (May 15, 2001)
    2. Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Corley, 273 F.3d 429 (2nd Cir. 2001)
    3. EFF, Norway Indicts Teen Who Published Code Liberating DVDs (Jan 10, 2002)
    4. Andy Oram, Copy Controls and Circumvention: Don't Get Around Much Any More (Jan. 17, 2002)
    5. Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation, The Right to Read   (Feb. 1997)
    6. Declan McCullah, Wired.com, Watermark Crackers Back Away (Apr. 26, 2001)
    7. Richard Smith, Digital Copyright Act Harms Research (July 30, 2001)
    8. David S. Touretzky, Response to MPA Threat Letter (Feb. 6, 2001)
    9. Saveinternetradio.org, The Story in 90 Seconds (March, 2002)

    Thinking

    Doing

    1. If you have a way of playing MP3s, please play this one or this one.
    2. Visit the Gallery of CSS Descramblers .  Look around.  Notice anything?

    Optional

    1. 2600 Appeal for 2nd Circuit en Banc review (Jan. 14, 2002)
    2. DVD Copy Control Assoc. v. Bunner, 113 Cal.Rptr.2d 338 (Cal. App. 6th Dist. 2001), petition for review granted  and opinion withdrawn, 117 Cal. Rptr.2d 167 (2002)
    3. An illegal prime?
    4. Dave Touretzky, How to Decrypt a DVD: in Haiku form
    5. Julie Cohen, "Lochner in Cyberspace: The New Economic Orthodoxy of ‘Rights Management,’” 97 Mich. L. Rev. 462 (1998).
    6. www.saveinternetradio.org

    4. Napster and True Peer-to-Peer Systems

    1. Andy Oram, Gnutella and Freenet Represent True Technological Innovation
    2. Andy Oram, Peer-to-Peer Makes the Internet Interesting Again (Sept. 22, 2000)
    3. Read one of these:
      1. Matei Ripenu, Peer-to-Peer Architecture Case Study: Gnutella Network (July, 24, 2001) [you can skip the last 3 lines of page 8 and the first half of page 9]
      2. Jordan Ritter, Why Gnutella Can't Scale.  No, Really (Feb. 2001)
    4. A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc., 239 F.3d 1004 (9th Cir. 2001) (Westlaw)
    5. Michael Learmonth, Industry Standard Europe, The Online Enforcer (Feb. 16, 2001)
    6. Offshore Napster Initiative (offline - google cache only)
    7. Gwendolyn Mariano, File-swapping services seek refuge overseas (March 5, 2000)
    8. Why The Offshore Napster Server Initiative May Not Work
    9. P. J. Huffstutter, latimes.com, Web Service Can Breach Computers' Private Files (July 14, 2000) (lexis)

    Thinking

    Doing

    Optional

    1. Alfred Yen, A Preliminary Economic Analysis of Napster: , 26 Dayton L. Rev. 247 (2001)
    2. Raymon Shih Ray Ku, The Creative Destruction of Copyright: Napster and the New Economics of Digital Technology, 69 U. Chi. L. Rev. 263 (2002)
    3. Eyan Adar & Bernardo  A. Huberman, First Monday, Free Riding on Gnutella (Oct. 2000)
    4. Janelle Brown, Salon, Whoring for Downloads (Nov. 30, 2000)

    5. Open Source Software

    Reading

    1. GNU Project, GNU General Public License (1991)
    2. GNU Project, What is Free Software? (2002)
    3. Rick Moen, Linuxcare, Fear of Forking (Nov. 17. 1999)
    4. Eric Raymond, The Case of the Quake Cheats (Dec. 27. 1999)
    5. Eben Moglen, Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright, First Monday (1999)
    6. Paul Festa, News.com, Governments push open-source software (Aug. 29, 2001)
    7. David McGowan,  Legal Implications Of Open-Source Software, 2001 U. Ill. L. Rev. 241 (Westlaw)
    8. Eben Moglen, Enforcing the GNU GPL (Sept. 10, 2001)
    9. Craig Mundie, The Commercial Software Model (May 3, 2001)

    Thinking

    Optional

    1. Eric S. Raymond, The Cathedral and the Bazaar
    2. Eric S. Raymond, Homesteading the Noosphere
    3. Eric S. Raymond, The Magic Cauldron
    4. David Lancashire, Code, Culture and Cash: The Fading Altruism of Open Source Development, 6 First Monday (2001)
    5. Chip Patterson, Copyright Misuse And Modified Copyleft: New Solutions To The Challenges Of Internet Standardization, 98 Mich. L. Rev. 1351 (2000) (Westlaw)
    6. Visit the Open Source Initiative
    7. Visit the GNU Project Philosophy section
    8. A debate:
      1. Tim O'Reilly, Open Source and the Obligation to Recycle (Dec. 16, 2001)
      2. Brett Glass, Not necessarily a good idea (Dec. 23, 2001)
      3. ichbin4, rent-seeking is not helpful (Jan. 3, 2002)
    9. Lawrence Lessig, Innovation, Regulation, and the Internet, 11 The American Prospect (Apr. 10, 2000)
    10. Johan Söderbert, Copyleft vs. Copyright: A Marxist Critique, 7 First Monday (Feb. 2002)

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