Four New Resources

EFF has created a new tool,, to facilitate sending messages to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives. EFF Announcement: Launching as a Step Toward a Better Democracy

Version 5.0 of Professor James Grimmelmann’s (University of Maryland) Internet Law: Cases and Problems has been released (pdf casebook; $30 suggested price).

2015 edition of Professor Eric Goldman’s (Santa Clara University School of Law; High Tech Law Institute) Internet Law Cases and Materials has also been released (pdf – $8, hard copy – $20 plus shipping/tax, and kindle – $9.99 editions).

Politico has a Morning CyberSecurity Tipsheet. Sign up at the link.

All four have been added to my updated list of Internet Law and Policy Resources.


Robotics Law and Policy

The reading syllabus (pdf; two pages) for Professor Ryan Calo’s (University of Washington) course on law and robotics – an excellent resource for those interested in robotics/drones/AI. Among other things, it includes Professor Calo’s own paper, Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw, 103 California Law Review (forthcoming 2015), and Professor Jack Balkin’s (Yale) The Path of Robotics Law, 5 California Law Review Circuit (forthcoming 2015).


The agenda (and conference roundup) for the “We Robot 2015” conference on robotics, law and policy recently held at the University of Washington, including links to various academic papers such as Woodrow Hartzog’s Unfair and Deceptive Robots

What is a Robot, Anyway? – Harvard Business Review

If a Robot Kills Someone, Who is to Blame? – The Globe and Mail

The Myth Of AI: A Conversation With Jaron Lanier – Edge; and a response: Why I Don’t Worry About a Super AI – Kevin Kelly at Technium

Robots for Humans: Addressing the Engineering Challenges – IHS GlobalSpec

Recent Internet Law and IP Resources

Nice to see the open source (and free or low cost) casebook movement continue to gather steam. Even better that we are starting to see epub/mobi editions; pdf’s often present poorly on mobile devices:

Professor Eric Goldman’s 2014 Internet Law casebook and syllabus (pdf – $8, hard copy and kindle editions).

Professors Rebecca Tushnet and Eric Goldman’s 2014 Advertising & Marketing Law casebook (pdf and epub editions – $11.50).

Professor James Boyle (Duke law school) and Jennifer Jenkins’ (Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain) Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society; cases & materials (open casebook – 2014 edition) (pdf edition – free; paperback – $29.99).

Professor Barton Beebe’s Trademark Law: An Open Source Casebook (2014) (pdf and .doc versions – free).

Professor James Grimmelmann’s Internet Law: Cases and Problems 4.0 (pdf – $30 suggested price).

The United States Copyright Office has released a public draft of its “Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition” (1,222 page pdf – free). Pending final review, the compendium (the first since 1984’s Second Edition) will take formal effect on or around December 15, 2014.