Internet Law: Cases and Materials (2018)
first Edition

Internet Law: Cases and Materials (2018)

by Eric Goldman

This is a casebook for students learning Internet Law, but other people interested in Internet Law may find it interesting. The book covers jurisdiction, contracts, trespass to chattels, intellectual property (copyright, trademarks and domain names), pornography, defamation and other information torts (including limits on web host liability), privacy, spam and the legal issues applicable to blogs and social media.


1. What is the Internet? Who Regulates It?
1.1. ACLU v. Reno (CDA I District Ct. Facts Only)
1.2. Noah v. AOL (E.D. Va.)
1.3. Determining the Geography of Internet-Connected Devices
2. Jurisdiction
2.1. Protocol for Evaluating Personal Jurisdiction
2.2. Toys ‘R’ Us v. Step Two (3d Cir.)
2.3. Illinois v. Hemi Group (7th Cir.)
3. Contracts
3.1. Meyer v. Uber (2d Cir.)
3.2. v. Verio (2d Cir.)
3.3. Harris v. Blockbuster
4. Trespass/Computer Fraud & Abuse Act
4.1. Comparison of Trespass to Chattels Doctrines
4.2. Intel v. Hamidi (Cal. Sup. Ct.)
4.3. v. Verio (Trespass to Chattels section)
4.4. Online Trespass to Chattels: a Failed Experiment
5. Copyright
5.1. Copyright Basics (Copyright Office Circular 1)
5.2. Note About Fair Use
5.3. Cartoon Network v. CSC (2d Cir.)
5.4. MGM Studios v. Grokster (Sup. Ct.)
5.5. Goldman’s 512(c) Cheat Sheet
5.6. UMG v. Shelter Capital (9th Cir. revised opinion)
5.7. How the DMCA’s Online Copyright Safe Harbor Failed
5.8. Ticketmaster v. RMG
6. Trademarks and Domain Names
6.1. Trademark FAQs
6.2. Trademark Glossary
6.2.1. A. Domain Names and Metatags
6.3. Lamparello v. Falwell (4th Cir.)
6.4. Promatek v. Equitrac (7th Cir.) Original Order and Revision
6.4.1. B. Search Engines
6.5. Network Automation v. Advanced Systems Concepts (9th Cir.)
6.6. Tiffany v. eBay (2d Cir.)
7. Pornography
7.1. Pornography Glossary
7.2. Reno v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 1997)
7.3. Ashcroft v. ACLU (Sup. Ct. 2004)
8. Defamation and Information Torts
8.1. 47 U.S.C. §230
8.2. An Introduction to Section 230
8.3. A Note About FOSTA
8.4. Zeran v. America Online (4th Cir.)
8.5. Fair Housing Council v. (9th Cir. en banc)
8.6. International Approaches to Liability for Information Torts
9. Privacy
9.1. Excerpts from 16 C.F.R. Part 312, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act’s Regulations
9.2. The E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
9.3. An Introduction to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
9.4. In re. Pharmatrak (1st Cir.)
10. Spam
10.1. Where’s the Beef? Dissecting Spam’s Purported Harms
11. Blogs and Social Networking Sites
11.1. The Third Wave of Internet Exceptionalism
11.2. People v. Lopez (Cal. App. Ct.)
11.3. Doe v. MySpace (5th Cir.)
11.4. Zimmerman v. Weis Markets
11.5. Farley v. Callais & Sons
11.6. In re Rolando S. (Cal. App. Ct.)
11.7. Moreno v. Hanford Sentinel (Cal. App. Ct.)

Eric Goldman is a Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Before he became a full-time academic in 2002, he practiced Internet law for 8 years in the Silicon Valley. His research and teaching focuses on Internet, IP and advertising law topics, and he blogs on these topics at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog []. Managing IP magazine twice named him to a shortlist of North American "IP Thought Leaders" and he has received the "IP Vanguard" award from the California State Bar's IP Section.

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