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Internet Law (Yoo)

Spring 2024   LAW 577-001  

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Faculty
Christopher S. Yoo

John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition

csyoo@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Expository Writing

Grading
5% Participation,
95% Exam

Exam
Short Answer,
Essay,
In Class,
Open-Book

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can send you an email with instructions for accessing the recording for the class session(s) you missed.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 3:00PM - 4:20PM
Silverman Hall 240A

Category
First-Year

Credits
3.0

This course will explore the various legal regimes that apply to the Internet through the lens of the underlying technological concepts and economics. The course will begin by providing an overview of the technology comprising the Internet and by examining the economic rationales underlying the theories used to justify regulating the Internet. The course will then examine a series of advanced topics, including network neutrality, the application of legacy regimes to the Internet, the First Amendment, universal service, spectrum policy and wireless regulation, Internet governance, and emerging approaches to regulating big tech. The course will apply advanced technical and economic concepts. Students do not need a prior academic background in these fields, but should have a strong interest in technology and a willingness to learn. The approach combining technology and economics provides a distinctive interdisciplinary educational experience past students have called unique.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

Intellectual Property and Technology Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of intellectual property law; Perform legal analysis in the context of intellectual property law; Communicate effectively on topics related to intellectual property; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between technology and intellectual property, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.


Textbooks

"The Dynamic Internet: How Technology, Users, and Businesses Are Transforming the Network" by Christopher S. Yoo
Edition: 1st
Publisher: American Enterprise Inst.
ISBN: 978084477227
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