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]
Speech Engines, 94 Minnesota Law Review 868 (2014). [Full Text]
The Merchants of MOOCs, 44 Seton Hall Law Review (forthcoming 2014). [Full Text]
Anarchy, Status Updates, and Utopia, 34 Pace Law Review (forthcoming 2014). [Full Text]
Indistinguishable from Magic: A Wizard's Guide to Copyright and 3D Printing, 71 Washington & Lee Law Review (forthcoming 2014). [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).
Accidental Privacy Spills, 12 Journal of Internet Law, no. 1, 2008, at 3.
The Google Dilemma, 53 New York Law School Law Review 939 (2008-2009).
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 UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the Vox.com article, "What could happen if Aereo loses?"
James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, "Four Ways to Avoid Being Sued by a Celebrity Over a Tweet," on adweek.com.
UM Carey Law Professors James Grimmelmann and Michael Greenberger, also Founder and Director of the UM Center for Health and Homeland Security, were mentioned in the Diamondback article "We Need to Prevent Abuses."
James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, "Hollywood Experts Divided on Implications of 'Muslims' Ruling," on hollywoodreporter.com.
James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, "The boneheaded copyright ruling that will unite Hollywood and Silicon Valley," on washingtonpost.com.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Reuters article, "Mt. Gox bitcoin customers could be out of luck," that appeared in multiple news outlets including the New York Post and the Baltimore Sun. He was also quoted in other articles about Mt. Gox and Bitcoin in outlets such as dailyfinance.com and panampost.com.
James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article "Bitcoin's troubles don't faze Baltimoreans" on thedailyrecord.com.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "This scientist was exposed as a fraud years ago. The government gave him a patent anyway" on washingtonpost.com and laht.com.
James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law wrote the article, "This restaurant fable explains everything wrong with San Francisco right now," on washingtonpost.com.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law authored the editorial "MOOCs: Over already?" that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.
James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Daily Record article,"T-shirt satirist sues NSA for trying to thwart his sales."