Course Outline

 

Professor Michael A. Geist

Room 362

Telephone - 562-5800, x3319

Email - mgeist@uottawa.ca

 

OFFICE HOURS

METHODS OF EVALUATION

  1. Major Paper or Web Site Project
  2. Class and Online Participation
  3. Class Presentation

COURSE MATERIALS

 

 

OFFICE HOURS

Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:30

Or any time by email

 

METHODS OF EVALUATION

1. MAJOR PAPER OR WEB SITE PROJECT - 70%

Paper may focus on any aspect of Internet commerce law. The paper or Web site project must be submitted no later than December 7th (the first day of the exam period). Late papers will be penalized at a rate of 2% per day.

Potential topics include:

  • Online advertising &endash; possible focus on attorney or pharmaceutical advertising
  • Consumer protection issues
  • Attorney-client privilege and email security
  • International e-commerce legal initiatives
  • Regulation of digital signatures
  • Taxation issues including sales tax, jurisdictional questions, international harmonization efforts
  • Securities regulation including online IPOs, (mis)information, corporate disclosure practices
  • Regulation of banking include electronic cash, foreign banks operating solely on the Web, home banking
  • Domain name administration and dispute resolution
  • Antitrust issues
  • IP issues including copyright in the digital era, the power of technology, patents on the Web
  • The changing face of law practice including access to legal information, law firm web sites, and promotion
  • Enforceability of shrinkwrap licenses
  • Critique of ULCC or government initiatives
  • Linking and framing
  • Cryptography regulation
  • Criminal worries including money laundering, ISP liability, crypto
  • ISP liability for copyright or criminal violations
  • Telemedicine regulation
  • Online Gambling
  • Internet telephony
  • Access issues
  • Spam

The web site project option allows students to create a web site devoted to their research topic. Although much of the writing will be the same, it will enable students to insert hyperlinks, images, and take advantage of other features of the Web. For an example of such a project, check out this student web project on Copyright Liability of ISPs.

 

2. CLASS AND ONLINE PARTICIPATION - 20%

Attendance and participation at all classes is mandatory. Students will be expected to have read the required materials and to have completed the "stuff to do" for each week.

The class will also feature an online discussion forum. Students are expected to participate in the online forum in the same manner as in class. To join the list, send an email to netcomm-subscribe@egroups.com or click on the Discussion Forum page.

Please note that students that regularly miss class or do not contribute to the in-class and online discussions, will face a lower participation grade that may adversely impact their overall grade.

 

3. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY - 10%

Students will be asked to submit an annotated bibliography of materials (articles, Web sites, and other sources) along with a brief proposal for their research paper, no later than Friday, October 27th. The bibliography should cite the relevant sources accompanied by a brief review of their value and content within the context of your paper.

 

COURSE MATERIALS

The course will use Internet Law in Canada (Captus Press), my new casebook as the course text. It is available from the school bookstore.