Free Speech in Cyberspace

Fall 2001

Professor Jack M. Balkin

Provisional Syllabus 

 

1. Regulating Online Speech-- Technological End Runs

Readings

Hate Speech-- or, How easy is the Net to Regulate?

What is a "True Threat" on the Internet?

Additional Readings

 

2. On-line Liability: Defamation, Collateral Censorship, and Anonymity

Readings

Anonymous Speech

 

Defamation and Collateral Censorship

Additional Readings

 

3. Is Software Speech?

Encryption

DeCSS

Links and Rights to Link

The Right to Link and Deep Linking

 

4. Distribution Architectures: Open Access and Freedom of Speech

Readings

Additional links

 

5. Intellectual Property and Freedom of Speech

Readings

Copyright

Database Protection and Freedom of Speech

Additional Readings

 

6. Legal Protection for Anticircumvention Technologies-- The DeCSS Controversy

Additional Readings

 

7. Trademarks. Domain Names, and Freedom of Speech

Readings

 

8. Privacy and Freedom of Speech

Readings

Additional Readings

 

9. Regulating Obscene and Indecent Speech on the Internet

Readings:

"Community Standards" on the Internet

Digitization of Child Pornography

 

Regulation of Indecent Expression on the Internet

 

10. Filtering and Rating Architectures

Readings

 

11. Mandatory Filtering in Schools and Libraries

Government Mandated Filtering

Mandatory Filtering in Schools and Libraries

Additional Background Reading

 

12. Regulating Spam

Additional Readings:

 

13. Democracy on the Internet

Readings:

 

Resources

Key First Amendment and Copyright Decisions

Telecommunications Law

Internet Civil Liberties and Democracy Sites

Freedom of Speech Sites

Cyberlaw Recources

Listservs and Headlines