Announcing the 2018 Edition of My Internet Law Casebook

I’m pleased to announce this year’s edition of my Internet Law casebook, Internet Law: Cases & Materials. It’s available for sale as a PDF at Gumroad for $10, as a Kindle book for $9.99, and in hard copy at Amazon for $24 + shipping. For my thoughts about self-publishing an ebook casebook, see this article.

If you’re an academic and would like a free evaluation copy, please email me. I can also provide my presentation slides and lecture notes for your evaluation. You might also check out my Internet Law course page, which includes 20+ years of syllabi (including this year’s) and old exams with sample answers, plus my article “Teaching Cyberlaw.”

It’s been a few years since I’ve made major changes to the book, but this year was a busy (and mostly bad) one for Internet law. As a result, I made 5 major changes to the book:

1) I replaced Specht v. Netscape–a casebook stalwart for a dozen years–with Meyer v. Uber. This was a tough decision because the Specht case had significant pedagogical value. However, the Second Circuit has issued a number of online contract formation rulings in recent years, and using Meyer v. Uber case allowed me to skip some of the intervening jurisprudential drama/confusion. Plus, Meyer is a mobile device case, which freshens up the chapter and is perhaps a little more millennial-friendly.

Because the book’s contracts discussion was tied closely to Specht, I reworked the entire online contracts chapter. I’m so pleased with the results that I posted the entire chapter to SSRN as a free download.

2) For the first time (remarkably), I added a primer on Section 230. This primer, and the comparison between Section 230 and other countries’ rules, will eventually find its way to SSRN.

3) I added a module on FOSTA. I burned through a lot of Kleenex tissues and brain cells writing it.

4) I added a primer on GDPR. Writing it was a miserable week of my life that I’ll never get back.

5) I added a primer on the California Consumer Privacy Act. More Kleenex and dead brain cells. I’ve also posted this primer to SSRN.

I also made dozens of smaller changes throughout the book, especially to the DMCA section. Altogether, the book grew nearly 10% this year.

As an experiment, this year I added Prof. Jonathan Zittrain’s case study on Facebook’s contagion experiment to the course as a short writing exercise. I’m curious how students respond to the case study. Manipulating Facebook users’ moods seems almost quaint in comparison to Facebook’s role in the 2016 elections and beyond!

As always, I invite your comments and questions.
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The complete table of contents:

I. What is the Internet? Who Regulates It?

ACLU v. Reno (CDA I District Ct. Facts Only) ………………………………………………….  Page 1

Noah v. AOL (E.D. Va.) …………………………………………………………………………………………….  22

Determining the Geography of Internet-Connected Devices ……………………………………  32

II. Jurisdiction

Protocol for Evaluating Personal Jurisdiction…………………………………………………………. 41

Toys ‘R’ Us v. Step Two (3d Cir.) ………………………………………………………………………………  42

Illinois v. Hemi Group (7th Cir.) ………………………………………………………………………………  53

III.      Contracts

Meyer v. Uber (2d Cir.) …………………………………………………………………………………………….  58

Register.com v. Verio (2d Cir.) …………………………………………………………………………………  80

Harris v. Blockbuster ………………………………………………………………………………………………  90

IV. Trespass/Computer Fraud & Abuse Act

Review: the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. §1030 [http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1030], and California Penal Code §502 [https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?sectionNum=502.&lawCode=PEN]

Comparison of Trespass to Chattels Doctrines ………………………………………………………  101

Intel v. Hamidi (Cal. Sup. Ct.) ………………………………………………………………………………..  102

Register.com v. Verio (Trespass to Chattels section)……………………………………………… 123

Online Trespass to Chattels: a Failed Experiment …………………………………………………  126

V. Copyright

Copyright Basics (Copyright Office Circular 1) ………………………………………………………  130

Note About Fair Use ………………………………………………………………………………………………  134

Cartoon Network v. CSC (2d Cir.) ………………………………………………………………………….  138

MGM Studios v. Grokster (Sup. Ct.) ………………………………………………………………………  150

Secondary Liability

Review: 17 U.S.C. §512 [http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512]

Goldman’s 512(c) Cheat Sheet ………………………………………………………………………………..  163

UMG v. Shelter Capital (9th Cir. revised opinion) …………………………………………………  165

How the DMCA’s Online Copyright Safe Harbor Failed ………………………………………..  185

Recap

Ticketmaster v. RMG …………………………………………………………………………………………….  188

VI. Trademarks and Domain Names

Review: 15 U.S.C. §1114 [http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/1114], 15 U.S.C. §1125 [http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/1125], and 15 U.S.C. §8131 [http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/8131]

Trademark FAQs …………………………………………………………………………………………………..  201

Trademark Glossary ………………………………………………………………………………………………  203

Domain Names and Metatags

Review: ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy [https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/policy-2012-02-25-en] and Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy [https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/udrp-rules-2015-03-11-en]

Lamparello v. Falwell (4th Cir.) ……………………………………………………………………………..  206

Promatek v. Equitrac (7th Cir.) Original Order and Revision ………………………………..  220

Search Engines

Review: Google’s Trademark Policy [https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/6118]

Network Automation v. Advanced Systems Concepts (9th Cir.) ……………………………..  227

Tiffany v. eBay (2d Cir.) …………………………………………………………………………………………  245

VII.     Pornography

Pornography Glossary ……………………………………………………………………………………………  260

Reno v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 1997) …………………………………………………………………………………  261

Ashcroft v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 2004) ……………………………………………………………………………  277

VIII.   Defamation and Information Torts

47 U.S.C. §230 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..  292

An Introduction to Section 230 ………………………………………………………………………………  295

A Note About FOSTA …………………………………………………………………………………………….  303

Zeran v. America Online (4th Cir.) …………………………………………………………………………  311

Fair Housing Council v. Roommates.com (9th Cir. en banc) ……………………………………  319

International Approaches to Liability for Information Torts ………………………………….  346

IX. Privacy

Review: 16 C.F.R. Part 312 [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-01-17/pdf/2012-31341.pdf (starting at page 38)]

Excerpts from 16 C.F.R. Part 312, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act’s Regulations      359

The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ………………………………………..  361

An Introduction to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) ………………………….  368

In re. Pharmatrak (1st Cir.) ……………………………………………………………………………………  375

X. Spam

Review: CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 [http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-108publ187/pdf/PLAW-108publ187.pdf] and 16 C.F.R. Part 316 [http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&rgn=div5&view=text&node=16:1.0.1.3.40&idno=16]

Where’s the Beef? Dissecting Spam’s Purported Harms ………………………………………..  387

XI. Blogs and Social Networking Sites

The Third Wave of Internet Exceptionalism ………………………………………………………….  396

People v. Lopez (Cal. App. Ct.) ……………………………………………………………………………….  398

Doe v. MySpace (5th Cir.) ………………………………………………………………………………………  402

Zimmerman v. Weis Markets …………………………………………………………………………………  409

Farley v. Callais & Sons …………………………………………………………………………………………. 412

In re Rolando S. (Cal. App. Ct.) ………………………………………………………………………………  418

Moreno v. Hanford Sentinel (Cal. App. Ct.) ……………………………………………………………  423

REVIEW QUESTION ANSWERS ……………………………………………………………………….  430