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Internet Law: Cases and Problems

James Grimmelmann

A fast-moving casebook for a fast-moving subject...

In this casebook, author James Grimmelmann provides tightly edited cases, focused questions, and topical problems to direct students’ attention to critical issues. Mini-essays provide the technical background to make sense of Internet technologies and the historical context to make sense of Internet law. The core of the book can be taught comfortably in a 3-credit course, but professors can easily use the book's embarrassment of riches to explore topics of interest. The casebook responds to the “law of the horse” critique by embracing the doctrinal diversity of Internet Law. It prepares students for complex, real-life practice by showing how actual Internet cases raise interrelated problems from throughout law.

Last Updated: July 25, 2020


Features of the Tenth Edition include:
- A new section on content moderation, with policies from Facebook, Reddit, Parler, and Ravelry
- Major new leading cases including HiQ v. LinkedIn on the CFAA, State v. Austin on nonconsensual distribution of pornography, and Sinclair v. Ziff Davis on copyright licensing.
- Updated cases, questions, and problems throughout.

• CLEAR & CONCISE: Tight case editing, focused questions, and topical problems direct students' attention to the most critical issues. The book covers the full sweep of the subject, but is still short enough that the core topics can be taught in a 3-credit survey course.

• UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: The tenth edition includes a new section on content moderation policies, excerpts from the California Consumer Privacy Act, and new cases on nonconsensual distribution of intimate images, computer misuse, and copyright licensing.

• TECHNICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTES: Mini-essays throughout the book provide the essential technical background needed to make sense of computer and Internet technologies. Where modern doctrine has important historical roots (e.g., network neutrality and telecommunications regulation), the book gives the necessary context.

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