Cross-Register for “Counseling & Legal Strategy in the Digital Age” Seminar

HLSHarvard Law School will offer the Counseling & Legal Strategy in the Digital Age seminar on Tuesday evenings this fall.  Chris Bavitz and Dalia Topelson of the Cyberlaw Clinic will teach the course, and they encourage cross-registrants to apply.  HLS has reserved a limited number of seats for graduate students from other schools at Harvard, including the Kennedy School, HBS, the GSD, HGSE, and SEAS.

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Applications for 2014 i-Lab Venture Incubation Program Are Live!

Harvard Innovation LabApplications for the Harvard Innovation Lab‘s 2014 Venture Incubation program are live!  The Program offers a great opportunity for current Harvard students (including students throughout the university, from the Law School and beyond) who are looking for space and related community resources as they try to build out a venture in the upcoming fall semester.  Information about the program and the application process is available at the i-Lab website.

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PRX Wins Peabody, Webby Awards!

prx_logoOur good friends at PRX have had quite a week!  On Monday, May 19th, at a ceremony in New York, PRX and collaborators at the Center for Investigative Reporting picked up a prestigious Peabody Award for their work on “Reveal,” a new investigative public radio program “accompanied by web, mobile and social platforms that create a powerful level of content and audience engagement.”  The winning story from Reveal’s pilot episode, reported by CIR’s Aaron Glantz, exposed opiate prescription abuse by the VA and the damage done to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  That same night, PRX was awarded a Webby for its phenomenal Public Radio Player app, which won in the “Media Streaming Service” category.  PRX’s Jake Shapiro delivered PRX’s version of the famous Webby Awards’ five word acceptance speech.  Congratulations to the whole PRX team!

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The Cyberlaw Clinic is Hiring a Clinical Instructor!

Clinic Logo ShieldsThe Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is hiring a Clinical Instructor! We are seeking an attorney with at least 3-5 years experience working w/clients on tech law issues. The Clinic’s practice is broad-based, and we welcome a wide variety of applicants. Our ideal candidate will have a strong background with issues at the heart of our work (including intellectual property, speech, privacy, and the like) while bringing a unique skillset and vision to the clinical teaching team.

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Clinic Managing Director Chris Bavitz Appointed Clinical Professor at HLS!

Harvard Law School has appointed the Cyberlaw Clinic’s Managing Director, Christopher T. Bavitz a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS. Chris has been with the Clinic since 2008, when he joined as a Clinical Fellow.  He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, trademark, online speech, and advising of mission-driven startups and entrepreneurs about their legal, business and strategic needs. He also works on issues relating to the use of technology to promote access to justice. “Chris brings imagination and deep experience in the digital and intellectual property worlds; his wide-ranging knowledge of media and IP law and his talent for creative problem-solving enable our students and colleagues to engage in exciting and meaningful advocacy and policy work,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow.

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Clinic Teams w/WGBH to Support Boston TV News Digital Library

The Cyberlaw Clinic has teamed up with WGBH to support the extraordinary Boston TV News Digital Library project.  The project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Council on Library and Information Resources, is a collaboration among the Boston Public Library, Cambridge Community Television, Northeast Historic Film and WGBH Educational Foundation that aims to bring to life local news stories produced in and about Boston from the early 1960’s to 2000.  The Clinic’s work with WGBH has focused on offering guidance to news media archivists on legal issues associated with archiving news content.

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Third Circuit Vacates Andrew Auernheimer’s CFAA Conviction

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that defendant Andrew Auernheimer’s conviction for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act rested on an incorrect determination by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that venue was proper in that district.  The Court of Appeals vacated Auernheimer’s conviction. The Cyberlaw Clinic submitted an amicus brief in support of Auernheimer, on behalf of the Digital Media Law Project.

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HLDocs Joins w/Clinic to Present “Media Advocacy 101″ Event

The Cyberlaw Clinic is pleased to join with the Harvard Law Documentary Studio to present “Media Advocacy 101: How Lawyers Can Develop Tactically Sophisticated Media Projecs.” This panel discussion with lawyers and media experts on the use of media to support advocacy will focus on the use of video and film in gathering evidence and otherwise supporting advocacy.

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Clinical Registration This Wed and Thurs! And, a Cyberlaw Clinic FAQ!

Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls should now be aware that clinical registration for the 2014-15 academic year takes place this week, starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday April 3rd and ending at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 4th. The results of clinical registration will be made available to students by next Monday, April 7th, at 5:00 pm.

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WANTED: Prior Art to Prevent Apple Monopoly on Solar Electronics

How cool would it be to charge your phone just by leaving it in a sunny spot by the window or for your e-reader to run on power from the sun? Based on this patent application by Apple, solar power may come to iPhones one day soon — but if Apple is able to patent the idea, it may not be available for other brands until 2032.  That would be a shame, not only because it could inhibit the development and distribution of greener devices, but also because there’s good reason to suspect that the technology Apple is claiming was actually invented earlier by open hardware developers and academics. For example, the One Laptop Per Child computer used one kind of solar power system discussed in the patent application. Unfortunately, as we have seen with 3D printing, this kind of prior art is not often known to the examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office, who decide whether to issue a patent.

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