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.

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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.

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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US v. Auernheimer

US v. AUERNHEIMER | No. 13-1816 | 3d Cir. July 8, 2013 | The Cyberlaw Clinic filed this amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Digital Media Law Project, in support of defendant-appellant Andrew Auernheimer, arguing that Auernheimer’s conviction for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act should be overturned.  The charge against Auernheimer was escalated based on his alleged disclosure of information to a news website, thus violating the New Jersey computer intrusion statute.  By relying upon the New Jersey statute as a predicate offense, the brief argues, the court below punished Mr. Auernheimer for engaging in speech protected by the First Amendment.  As noted in the brief, “the First Amendment bars the escalation of penalties for the publication of true and newsworthy information under any circumstance that does not fall into any existing exception to First Amendment protection,” and “absent satisfaction of First Amendment scrutiny, the escalation applied in this case is unconstitutional.”