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.

From the Blog

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Harvard Business School Digital Initiative Beta Summit

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL DIGITAL INITIATIVE BETA SUMMIT | Harvard Business School, Boston, MA | April 28, 2014, 4:00 – 8:00 | Cyberlaw Clinic Managing Director Chris Bavitz will participate in the Harvard Business School Digital Initiative Beta Summit on April 28th.  Organized by the students of the Digital Innovation and Transformation course and the staff of the new Digital Initiative at HBS, the #digHBS Beta Summit aims to convene a community to explore the challenges of digital transformation. The community includes DIT students; other HBS, Harvard, and MIT students; scholars; practitioners; and digital rabble-rousers.  Chris will join Mark Kates of Fenway Recordings and Jim Lucchese of The Echo Nest in a conversation about the state of the digital music industry.

University of Geneva Internet L@w Summer School

UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA INTERNET L@W SUMMER SCHOOL | University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland | June 16, 2014 – June 24, 2014 | Cyberlaw Clinic Managing Director Chris Bavitz will join a number of internationally-renowned experts on law and technology for the University of Geneva’s Internet L@w summer school June 16th – 24th.  The Course Directors, Professor Jacques de Werra of University of Geneva and Dr. Thomas Schultz of King’s College London, have put together a phenomenal program that will include discussions of intellectual property, freedom of expression, and Internet governance (among many other topics).  Chris’s sessions will focus on practical aspects of cyberlaw and strategic considerations that arise when litigating Internet disputes.  The program includes a number of people from within the Berkman Center orbit, including the Center’s Faculty Director Terry Fisher (talking about “IP and the Future of Entertainment”), former Fellow Dr. Melanie Dulong de Rosnay (on the subject of “Creative Commons and Open Culture in the Digital Age: Legal Features and Challenges”), and Professor de Werra himself (who was in residence at Berkman during the 2012-13 academic year and remains a Faculty Associate).


Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit

On Friday, March 21, 2014, the Consortium of School Networks (“CoSN”), with the help of the Cyberlaw Clinic, released an in-depth, step-by-step privacy guide — the “Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit” — to help school system leaders navigate complex federal laws and related issues. Issued as part of CoSN’s new Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data. CoSN is the premier professional association for schools system technology leaders, aiming to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.

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