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Spring 2023
7397 WRS: Digital Markets - GUGGENBERGER- 23893

Professor(s): Nikolas Guggenberger (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Intellectual Property and Information Law 

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  TTH  Location: 311 

Course Outline: This seminar will explore the legal framework that makes and defines digital markets. We will focus on antitrust law and discuss various recent proposals to address economic concentration and predatory business practices online. We will also cover select aspects of privacy protections, intermediary liability and online speech governance, regulatory impulses from abroad, and telecommunications law. Overall, we will emphasize policy and its consequences on the digital economy. While you might find a basic understanding of economics, antitrust, digital platforms, or technology helpful, there are no substantive prerequisites. A paper is required.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Synchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Contrary to the UH information, some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. A physical classroom may be assigned for this course to give students a location in the Law Center to join the virtual class sessions. If the course has a final examination, the final and any other assessment for the course, such as a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.


First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: Yes

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials

Special Case

Course Materials: James Grimmelmann, Internet Law: Cases and Problems, (12th ed. 2022)

This required text is available for download only at Semaphore Press
uses a publishing model different from the traditional law school casebook publishers. I
encourage you to read about Semaphore Press's publishing approach on its website. This
publisher suggests that a student pay $1 for each class session in which Semaphore Press
material is the assigned reading for the session. We will be using material from this book for 7
class sessions. Therefore, I urge you to pay $ 7 as the suggested retail price in order to keep
high-quality legal educational materials available at reasonable prices.