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

Privacy & Europe:
 Debating the “Right to be Forgotten,” Trans-Atlantic Data Flows, and the World’s Toughest New Privacy Laws

 Peter F 12 04 2015-1Privacy & Europe:
  Debating the “Right to be Forgotten,” Trans-Atlantic Data Flows, and the World’s Toughest New Privacy Laws | Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, Room WCC 2009 | 12:00 pm, December 4, 2015 | Google’s Global Privacy Counsel, Peter Fleischer, will share anecdotes and perspectives from his years of practice, going from Harvard Law School (Class of 1987) to life and work in Paris, overseeing privacy compliance and advocacy for Google around the world.  During a talk and moderated Q&A, Peter will focus on hot topics and recent developments in European privacy regulation.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP here to attend.

From the Blog

DMCA Exemption Granted for Med Device Research, Patient Access to Data

We are happy to report that the Library of Congress has approved of exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions in order to protect independent medical device safety and security research and patient access to data. This announcement comes after a year of litigating this issue before the Copyright Office. You can review all of our prior coverage and the filings of the case at our page about the 2015 Anticircumvention Rulemaking. I wanted to take time to review the decision, and reflect briefly on the process of the DMCA rulemaking.

HLS i-Lab Experts in Residence Visiting This Fall

The Harvard Innovation Lab will be hosting three of Harvard Law School’s alumni as experts in residence over the coming weeks.  The i-Lab hosts programming and offers workspace for students across the University interested in innovation and entrepreneurship to support their ventures.  These alumni will each be available to meet with students on a Friday in the next month, with the goal of counseling on their career, venture, or business planning issues.  


Intermediary Liability in the United States

Case StudyNOC ONLINE INTERMEDIARIES CASE STUDIES SERIES: Intermediary Liability in the United States | February 18, 2015 | The Clinic helped prepare a far-reaching report released by the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, addressing questions about intermediary liability around the world.  The report consists of:  (a) a case study series exploring online intermediary liability frameworks and issues in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam; and (b) a synthesis paper that seeks to distill key observations and provide a high-level analysis of some of the structural elements that characterize varying governance frameworks, with a focus on intermediary liability regimes and their evolution.  Clinical Fellow Andy Sellars helped to support the project overall, and he — along with the Clinic’s Managing Director Chris Bavitz and two summer 2014 Cyberlaw Clinic interns, Nick DeCoster and Michael Lambert — helped to craft the US case study.