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Cyberlawcases.com seeks to cover the most important pending legal cases in “cyberlaw” broadly construed.  That is, while we will cover cases typically discussed in cyberlaw courses, we will also include copyright, trademark, and patent cases that have a significant connection to networked environments or computer software.


Author Bios

Brian W. Carver

Photo of Brian W. Carver Brian W. Carver is Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. He was previously an associate in the litigation group at Fenwick & West LLP in San Francisco, where his practice focused on copyright, trade secret, trademark, and general commercial litigation. Now his research and teaching focus on the same subjects. Brian graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Alabama and later received an M.A. in Philosophy from UC Irvine. Brian received his J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
Each fall Brian teaches Intellectual Property for the Information Industries and each spring he teaches Cyberlaw (cross-listed at both UC Berkeley’s School of Law and School of Information).

Joseph C. Gratz

Photo of Joseph Gratz Joe Gratz is a partner at Durie Tangri LLP. He was previously an associate at Keker & Van Nest LLP, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Joe graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in English and Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was Articles Editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology.
Joe has litigated a number of important Internet copyright and trademark disputes. He represented Google in negotiating the settlement of class action copyright litigation related to the Google Book Search case and in the Rescuecom v. Google and Vulcan Golf v. Google trademark cases. He successfully defended the Ninth Circuit’s judgment in favor of a credit card processing company in Perfect 10 v. VISA against en banc and certiorari attacks. In a pro bono case, Joe won summary judgment on behalf of Troy Augusto, an eBay seller of promotional CDs who had been sued by the world’s largest record company. He currently represents artist Shepard Fairey in fair use litigation against the Associated Press over the Obama Hope poster.
Joe teaches Cyberlaw at the University of California Hastings.

Aaron K. Perzanowski

Photo of Aaron Perzanowski Aaron Perzanowski is Assistant Professor at Wayne State University Law School. His research broadly addresses the ways in which law and technology influence the production and exchange of information. Recent projects include: Fixing RAM Copies, 104 Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2010); Rethinking Anticircumvention’s Interoperability Policy, 42 UC Davis L. Rev. 1549 (2009); The Penumbral Public Domain: Constitutional Limits on Quasi-Copyright Legislation, 10 U. Pa. J. Const. L. 1081 (2008); The Magnificence of the Disaster: Reconstructing the Sony BMG Rootkit Incident, 22 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1157 (2007) (with Deirdre K. Mulligan).
Prior to joining Wayne State, he served as the Microsoft Research Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. He was previously an associate in the litigation group at Fenwick & West LLP, where his practice focused on copyright and trademark litigation. His pro bono representation, along with co-blogger Brian Carver, of substitute teacher Julie Amero resulted in the setting aside of her jury conviction under Connecticut’s “risk of injury to a minor” statute. As a law student, Perzanowski drafted and testified in support of a successful exemption proposal in the Copyright Office’s 2006 Anticircumvention Rulemaking.
Aaron earned a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and an A.B. in Philosophy from Kenyon College. At Wayne State, he teaches courses on Copyright, Trademark, and Communications.

Jason M. Schultz

Photo of Jason Schultz Jason M. Schultz is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). He was previously a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Prior to EFF, he practiced intellectual property law at the firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. and served as a clerk to the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the Northern District of California. While a student at Boalt Hall, he managed the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and interned for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the Northern District of California.
At EFF, Jason handled numerous high-profile intellectual property and technology matters affecting the public’s interests in free expression, fair use, and innovation with an emphasis on issues of copyright law, reverse engineering, digital rights management, and patent law reform. Representative cases include DirecTV v. Huynh, 503 F.3d 847 (9th Cir. 2007), Jib Jab v. Ludlow Music, Lenz v. Universal Music, and Chicago Auto Show v. Autoshowshutdown.org. Jason was also responsible for numerous amicus briefs filed on behalf of EFF and its clients at the Supreme Court and various Federal Courts of Appeal. He also founded EFF’s Patent Busting Project, an effort to protect innovation and the public domain by filing reexamination requests at the U.S. Patent Office on overly-broad software and Internet patents. In addition to litigation and counseling, Jason worked with educators, policy-makers, and industry associations to preserve the proper balance between intellectual property protection and the public interest. He also taught courses in cyberlaw and intellectual property at UC Berkeley School of Law and School of Information.

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