Jul 06 2010

CyberLaw (2 units)

The Internet and e-commerce industries are among the fastest growing segments of the global economy.

This course prepares attorneys to deal with the complex and rapidly developing body of laws applicable to these industries, including the protection of software, websites and databases, electronic contracting, consumer protection and privacy. This course also analyzes the key federal statutes applicable to the Internet, including the Child Online Privacy Protection Act, the Communications Decency Act, the E-Sign Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

COURSE OBJECTIVES - click to expand

  • At the completion of the CyberLaw course, the student will be able to:
  • determine the availability of trademarks and service marks as well as domain names (URLs) by conducting trademark and domain name availability searches;
  • analyze the relative strength and enforceability of those trademarks/domain names;
  • analyze the terms of online contracts and critique their clarity and enforceability under contract and privacy laws; and
  • apply U.S. copyright law and U.S. privacy law to real-world fact situations that are likely to arise with Internet clients.

GRADING POLICY - click to expand

  • The grade in this course is based upon three 10 point multiple choice quizzes given at regular intervals throughout the course (each quiz counting for 10% -- for a total of 30% of the overall course grade), non-graded “hands-on hypothetical” problems given at regular intervals throughout the course, and an open-book final exam that consists of both multiple choice questions and an essay question (for a total of 70% of your course grade).
  • The multiple choice quiz questions require the student to show knowledge of the applicable statutory and case law and to apply that law to a specific fact situation.
  • In evaluating the non-graded hands-on hypotheticals, the professor is looking to ensure that the student: displays the practical skills necessary to respond to a client-specific fact situation; can apply the applicable statutory and case law; and can apply the law to the client-specific fact situation. The “Hands-on hypotheticals” are not specifically graded, but they must be completed satisfactorily before the student will be allowed to proceed to the next module in the course.
  • The final examination is open-book. “Open-book” means that students may use any of the assigned course materials as well as their own notes and outlines that they have created themselves from course materials. The final examination consists of 20 multiple choice questions (which are worth 50% of the final exam grade) and an essay (which is worth 50% of the final exam grade). The final exam essay question is weighted 40% on determining all of the applicable statutory and case law for the given fact situation; 40% on accurately applying the law to the given fact situation; and 20% on the clarity and organization of the essay answer.