Prof. Peter K. Yu

Associate Professor of Law

Director, Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program

Michigan State University College of Law




CSE 491 & CJ 491

Interdisciplinary Topics in CyberSecurity

Course Description

MSU has a unique collaboration among six colleges in the important, emerging field of CyberSecurity.  This course pulls faculty from six colleges to provide at least six different perspectives on this broad topic.  In this course you will be exposed to the technical, legal, criminal, business, and communication aspects of CyberSecurity.

Credits:  3

Suggested Prerequisite:  CSE 101 or equivalent

Time:  Tue 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Room:  1420 BioMed & Phy Sci

Coordinator:  Prof. Rich Enbody (CSE)

Reading Assignments

Week 5 (9/23) : Jurisdiction and Applicable Laws in Cyberspace

This class explores the theoretical debate about the territorial and jurisdictional limits of cyberspace and examines the question as to what laws should be applicable to online activities. It also provides an overview of how to resolve choice of law issues concerning transactions conducted on the Internet.

Required Readings:

  • David R. Johnson & David G. Post, Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace, 48 Stan. L. Rev. 1367 (1996) (excerpt)

  • Jack L. Goldsmith, The Internet and the Abiding Significance of Territorial Sovereignty, 5 Ind. J. Global Leg. Stud. 475 (1998) (excerpt)

  • Jack L. Goldsmith, Against Cyberanarchy, 65 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1199 (1998) (excerpt)

  • David G. Post, Against "Against Cyberanarchy," 17 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1365 (2002) (excerpt)

  • Yahoo!, Inc. v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme Et L’antisemitisme, 169 F. Supp. 2d 1181 (N.D. Cal. 2001) (excerpt)

  • Playboy Enter., Inc. v. Chuckleberry Publ'g, Inc., 939 F. Supp. 1032 (S.D.N.Y. 1996)

  • Peter K. Yu, Conflict of Laws Issues in International Copyright Cases, (Apr. 2001) (excerpt)

Optional Readings:

     Note:  Optional readings will NOT be discussed in class.

Week 6 (9/30) : The Two Faces of Encryption

This class focuses on the varying laws and legislative proposals concerning encryption technologies and the circumvention of these technologies. It discusses the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Global Internet Freedom Act, and censorship and anti-censorship efforts in foreign countries.

Required Readings:

Optional Readings:

     Note:  Optional readings will NOT be discussed in class.

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