The Economics of Law School

My friend and Ohio State law prof Steve Davidoff has a great post on the economics of law school at the New York Times’ Dealbook. One of the most important points he makes is that some proposals to improve law school – such as increasing experiential learning, like clinics – would make it significantly more […]

Cary Sherman and the Lost Generation

The RIAA’s Cary Sherman had a screed about the Stop Online Piracy and PROTECT IP Acts in the New York Times recently. Techdirt’s Mike Masnick brilliantly gutted it, and I’m not going to pile on – a tour de force requires no augmentation. What I want to suggest is that the recording industry – or, […]

More Crap From the E.U.

Guest post by Jane Yakowitz Now that the European Union’s member states are flailing around attempting to implement their miserable cookie directive, the European Commission has decided it’s a good time to retard the Internet some more. Today the European Commission will release an already-leaked new version of the Data Protection Directive which firmly establishes […]

How Not To Secure the Net

In the wake of credible allegations of hacking of a water utility, including physical damage, attention has turned to software security weaknesses. One might think that we’d want independent experts – call them whistleblowers, busticati, or hackers – out there testing, and reporting, important software bugs. But it turns out that overblown cease-and-desist letters still […]

Information Is Not Beef Jerky

(Guest post by Jane Yakowitz, Visiting Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School. Jane wrote an amicus brief in IMS v. Sorrell, on behalf of IMS.) Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in Sorrell v. IMS Health that is likely to incense a lot of people that were familiar with the suit as a […]

Cybersecurity Theory and Myths

David Opderbeck put together a terrific cybersecurity conference at Seton Hall today. I was on a panel discussing cybersecurity policy and legal theory. The audience was primarily law enforcement and practicing attorneys, so I asked, “What are you doing here?” In good academic fashion, I proceeded to (try to) answer my own question – why […]

Bashing Bosses on Facebook

Our own Bill McGeveran discusses how labor law, and corporate culture, will be reshaped by the advent of social media in today’s New York Times “Room for Debate.” And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go delete some Facebook posts.

Data Security and Data Privacy in the Payment System

On Friday, March 19, Brooklyn Law School hosts a symposium on data security and data privacy in the payment system. There’s a terrific lineup of speakers, including James Grimmelmann of NYLS, Chris Jay Hoofnagle of Berkeley, Sarah Jane Hughes from Indiana-Bloomington, Adam Levitin of Georgetown, Juliet Moringiello from Widener, Frank Pasquale of Seton Hall, and […]

Sharing the Blame: The Law and Morality of Punishing Collective Entities

BLS is having a great symposium that bears directly on infolaw issues such as cyber-harassment, defamation, illicit file-sharing, and so forth. My friends Mike Cahill and Miriam Baer are co-hosting, and my friend Peter Henning is a panelist in the afternoon. Best of all, it’s free! When: Friday, February 5, 2010, 9:00AM — 4:15PM Where: […]

Google’s Bombshell

Update (1/14/2010): Verisign’s iDefense Labs traced the cyber-attacks on Google to a “single foreign entity consisting either of agents of the Chinese state or proxies thereof”. In response to Google’s statement and claims of hacking, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, “China’s internet is open… China administers the internet according to the law. We have an […]