About the Cyberlaw Clinic

Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to the Internet, technology, and intellectual property. Students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit by working on real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, and transactional / licensing projects and cases. The Clinic strives to help clients achieve success in their activities online, mindful of (and in response to) existing law. The Clinic also works with clients to shape the law’s development through policy and advocacy efforts. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice. The Clinic works independently, with law students supervised by experienced and licensed attorneys.  In some cases, the Clinic collaborates with counsel throughout the country to take advantage of regional or substantive legal expertise.

Upcoming Events

Chris Bavitz to Speak at Suffolk Social Media Conference

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 9.38.49 AMEMERGING ISSUES IN SOCIAL MEDIA LIABILITY | Suffolk University Law School | November 14, 2014 | Cyberlaw Clinic Managing Director Chris Bavitz will speak at the November 14, 2014 conference, “Emerging Issues in Social Media Liability.”  Chris will address issues relating to government enforcement around privacy issues and will appear a panel alongside Michael Rustad of Suffolk and Kimberly Herman of Sullivan & Worcester.  The full-day event will feature a number of experts in the social media and tech space, including David E. Morris of TripAdvisor, Paul Levy of Public Citizen, and David Kluft of Foley Hoag.

From the Blog

Ninth Circuit Hears Oral Argument in NSL Gag Order Case

15481641875_0a98c72763_k copyThe Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s Deputy General Counsel (and Berkman Center Affiliate) Kurt Opsahl argued before a Ninth Circuit panel this week in a case – In re: National Security Letter, Under Seal v. Holder (Sealed), 13-15957 & 13-16731 (consolidated), 13-16732 — that challenges the constitutionality of gag orders embodied in National Security Letters.  The Ninth Circuit has posted audio of the arguments before Judges Ikuta, Smith, and Murguia.  

100kin10 Launches “Blow Minds Teach Stem” Campaign

BMTSOur friends at 100kin10 have launched their innovative “Blow Minds Teach STEM” campaign, geared toward promoting science, technology, engineering, and math teaching! 100kin10 maintains a unique network of 150+ partners that aims to support the goal of providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021.  The “Blow Minds” campaign urges science, technology, engineering, and math majors to consider teaching careers and enroll in teacher training programs.  The multimedia campaign — developed in collaboration with the creative team at Cultivated Wit — includes a Tumblr dedicated to development and curation of “science-tainment” and a set of resources directed to STEM majors who are considering teaching careers.


DMCA Anti-Circumvention Exemption Request

EXEMPTIONS TO PROHIBITION ON CIRCUMVENTION OF COPYRIGHT PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR DEFUNCT DRM AND COPY PROTECITON-BASED STORES  |  DMCA Anti-Circumvention Exemption Request, Christopher Soghoian (RM 2008-8)  |  December 2, 2008)  |  The Cyberlaw Clinic submitted this request (pdf) on behalf of researcher Christopher Soghoian as part of the Copyright Office’s triennial rulemaking process, seeking an exemption to DMCA §1201(a)(1)(A) for lawfully purchased sound recordings, audiovisual works, and software programs distributed commercially in digital format by online music and media stores and protected by technological measures that depend on the continued availability of authenticating servers, when such authenticating servers cease functioning because the store fails or for other reasons