Professor of LawPhone: (410) 706-7260
AB, summa cum laude, Harvard University
JD, Yale Law School
James Grimmelmann studies how the law governing the creation and use of computer software affects individual freedom and the distribution of wealth and power in society. As a lawyer and technologist, he aims to help these two groups speak intelligibly to each other. He writes about intellectual property, virtual worlds, search engines, online privacy, and other topics in computer and Internet law. Recent publications include “The Internet Is a Semicommons,” 78 Fordham L. Rev. 2799 (2010), “Saving Facebook,” 94 Iowa L. Rev. 1137 (2009), and “The Ethical Visions of Copyright Law,” 77 Fordham L. Rev. 2005 (2009).
Prior to joining the UM Carey Law faculty, he was a professor of law at New York Law School and a member of its Institute for Information Law & Policy. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Editor in Chief of LawMeme and a member of the Yale Law Journal. Prior to law school, he received an A.B. in computer science from Harvard and worked as a programmer for Microsoft. He has served as a resident fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale, as a legal intern for Creative Commons and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Internet Law: Cases and Problems 3.0 (2013). [Abstract]
Cybercrime: Digital Cops in a Networked Environment (2007) (with others). [Abstract]
Big Data's Other Privacy Problem, in Big Data and the Law (2014). [Full Text]
Some Skepticism About Search Neutrality, in The Next Digital Decade: Essays on the Future of the Internet 435 (Berin Szoka & Adam Marcus eds., 2010). [Full Text]
Virtual Power Politics, in The State of Play: Law, Games, and Virtual Worlds (Jack M. Balkin & Beth Simone Noveck eds., 2006). [Full Text]
Copyright for Literate Robots, 101 Iowa Law Review 657 (2016).
There's No Such Thing as a Computer-Authored Work--And It's a Good Thing, Too, Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (forthcoming 2016).
Consenting to Computer Use, George Washington Law Review (forthcoming 2016).
The Law and Ethics of Experiments on Social Media Users, 13 Colorado Technology Law Journal 219 (2015).
The Virtues of Moderation, 17 Yale Journal of Law & Technology 42 (2015). [Full Text]
Anarchy, Status Updates, and Utopia, 35 Pace Law Review 135 (2015). [Full Text]
Indistinguishable from Magic: A Wizard's Guide to Copyright and 3D Printing, 71 Washington & Lee Law Review 683 (2014). [Full Text]
Speech Engines, 94 Minnesota Law Review 868 (2014). [Full Text]
The Merchants of MOOCs, 44 Seton Hall Law Review 1035 (2014). [Full Text]
The Illegal Process: Basic Problems in the Making and Application of Scholarship, 79 University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 58 (2013). [Full Text]
Future Conduct and the Limits of Class-Action Settlements, 91 North Carolina Law Review 387 (2013). [Full Text]
Three Theories of Copyright in Ratings, 14 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 851 (2012). [Full Text]
Sealand, Havenco, and the Rule of Law, 2012 University of Illinois Law Review 405. [Full Text]
First-Class Objects, 9 Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law 421 (2011). [Full Text]
The Elephantine Google Books Settlement, 58 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 497 (2011). [Full Text]
Privacy as Product Safety, 19 Widener Law Journal 793 (2010). [Full Text]
Dr. Generative or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the iPhone, 69 Maryland Law Review 910 (2010) (reviewing Jonathan Zittrain, The Future of the Internet--And How to Stop It (2008)) (with Paul Ohm). [Full Text]
The Internet is a Semicommons, 78 Fordham Law Review 2799 (2010). [Full Text]
The Amended Google Books Settlement is Still Exclusive, CPI Antritrust Journal, January 2010, at 1. [Full Text]
The Unmasking Option, 87 Denver University Law Review Online 23 (2010). [Full Text]
Known and Unknown, Property and Contract: Comments on Hoofnagle and Moringiello, 5 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 85 (2010). [Full Text]
D is for Digitize: An Introduction, 55 New York Law School Law Review 11 (2010). [Full Text]
How to Fix the Google Book Search Settlement, 12 Journal of Internet Law, no. 10, 2009, at 1. [Full Text]
The Ethical Visions of Copyright Law, 77 Fordham Law Review 2005 (2009). [Full Text]
Saving Facebook, 94 Iowa Law Review 1137 (2009). [Full Text]
Koans of Equity, 58 Journal of Legal Education 472 (2008).
Information Policy for the Library of Babel, 3 Journal of Business & Technology Law 29 (2008). [Full Text]
Accidental Privacy Spills, 12 Journal of Internet Law, no. 1, 2008, at 3. [Full Text]
The Google Dilemma, 53 New York Law School Law Review 939 (2008-2009). [Full Text]
The Structure of Search Engine Law, 93 Iowa Law Review 1 (2007). [Full Text]
Virtual Worlds as Comparative Law, 49 New York Law School Law Review 147 (2005). [Full Text]
Note, Regulation by Software, 114 Yale Law Journal 1719 (2005). [Full Text]
Modeling Facts, Culture, and Cognition in the Gun Debate, 18 Social Justice Research 283 (2005) (with others). [Full Text]
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Google Case Ends, but Copyright Fight Goes On" on Publishersweekly.com
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the story, "Supreme Court Won't Hear Authors' Challenge To Google Books," in MediaPost.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "One Judge is Banning Web Research on Jurors. Will Others Follow?" on Corporate Counsel
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the article, "Video Creators Are Frustrated With Pace of Facebook’s Antipirating Efforts," in The Wall Street Journal.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the story "How Apple's row with FBI over encryption will affect other tech companies" in Gulf News Technology. Similar stories also ran in Officer.com, Government Technology, the Tri-City Herald, and the Bellingham Herald.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the Los Angeles Times story "While the FBI battles Apple over encryption, pushback from the tech industry persists." The story also ran in the Register-Guard
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Did Congress Immunize Twitter Against Lawsuits for Supporting ISIS?" on Lawfare
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the story "Will Google, Apple, and SCOTUS Decide the Future of Book Publishing This Year?" on flavorwire.com
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was featured in the article "Grimmelmann on Computer-Authored Works" on Legal Theory Blog.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "BERRY v. SCHULMAN" on FindLaw
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the story "Why stakes are high for court's decision on FCC's net neutrality rules" in the Christian Science Monitor
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Why YouTube is offering legal support for users threatened with takedowns" in the Christian Science Monitor
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Could you take a robot to court if it steals your work?" on Fusion