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

Deans’ Food System Challenge Kicks Off at Harvard i-Lab

Harvard Innovation LabEach year, the Harvard Innovation Lab administers several Harvard University-wide challenges.  The competitions include the “President’s Challenge” (overseen by Harvard President Drew Faust‘s office) and several “Deans’ Challenges” (each launched by a dean or group of deans at Harvard, aimed at solving specified technical, business, or social problems). 

Apply to Enroll in CopyrightX 2015

Applications are open through December 15, 2014 for the innovative CopyrightX networked online course, which explores the current law of copyright; the impact of that law on art, entertainment, and industry; and the ongoing debates concerning how the law should be reformed.  Through a combination of recorded lectures,assigned readings, weekly seminars, live interactive webcasts, and online discussions, participants in the course examine and assess the ways in which the copyright system seeks to stimulate and regulate creative expression.


Privacy and Children’s Data

PRIVACY AND CHILDREN’S DATA:  An Overview of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act | November 13, 2013 | In collaboration with the Student Privacy Initiative at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Cyberlaw Clinic released this briefing document addressing two of the major federal legal regimes that govern privacy of children’s and students’ data in the United States: the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (commonly known as “COPPA”) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (commonly known as “FERPA”). The guide aims to offer schools, parents, and students a basic understanding of some of the laws that may apply when cloud computing tools are used for educational purposes.