I’ve thought a lot about what content to bring you this semester. I had said I would discuss Info and Data Privacy Law, but I decided not to take that course. My courses this semester are as follows:
- Trademarks and Deceptive Practices
- Copyright Licensing
- Current Issues in International IP
- Personal Income Tax
If you are paying attention, you already know what I chose to write about: Cybercrime. The first three courses on the list I will be covering to a certain extent over at the Lawcast, but all three seem like they could also fit here.
Tax though, doesn’t fit. Unless there are tax credits, exemptions or deductions for contributions to free software projects. Actually, there are, at least if the project is registered as a 501(c)(3) or using an umbrella organization such as the Software Freedom Conservancy. If people really think that talking about the tax implications of running a home business or donations to charities are an important topic for OSP, then I am happy to cover them.
For now though, the topic is Cybercrime. Cybercrime need not necessarily take place using free software tools, though free software is widely seen as more secure than its proprietary counterparts.
Below is a week-by-week run-down of what I’ll be writing about here this semester. Don’t forget about all the great content over at the Lawcast though!
Week 1: Data Security and Privacy Law
Week 2: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Access and Unauthorized Access
Week 3: Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Intent, Procedure and Damages
Week 4: State Computer Crime Statutes
Week 5: Electronic Communications Privacy Act: Overview
Week 6: Electronic Communications Privacy Act: Search and Seizure
Week 7: Up for Grabs…midterm time. Let me know if there are any specific topics you’d like me to address!
Week 8: Copyright Infringement
Week 9: Trade Secret Misappropriation and Other Stolen “Property”
Week 10: Protection of Minors
Week 11: Identity Theft
Week 12: In class presentations…maybe I’ll pick up on the work of another student
Week 13: More in class presentations. I’ll talk about mine the second week if not the first.
Questions, comments, concerns?