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.
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Future Conduct and the Limits of Class-Action Settlements, 91 North Carolina Law Review 387 (2013).
Three Theories of Copyright in Ratings, 14 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 851 (2012).
Sealand, Havenco, and the Rule of Law, 2012 University of Illinois Law Review 405.
First-Class Objects, 9 Journal on Telecommunications & High Technology Law 421 (2011).
The Elephantine Google Books Settlement, 58 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 497 (2011).
Privacy as Product Safety, 19 Widener Law Journal 793 (2010).
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).
The Internet is a Semicommons, 78 Fordham Law Review 2799 (2010).
Known and Unknown, Property and Contract: Comments on Hoofnagle and Moringiello, 5 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 85 (2010).
How to Fix the Google Book Search Settlement, 12 Journal of Internet Law, no. 10, 2009, at 1.
The Ethical Visions of Copyright Law, 77 Fordham Law Review 2005 (2009).
Saving Facebook, 94 Iowa Law Review 1137 (2009).
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).
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."
James Grimmelmann, professor at the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the Washington Post article, "Court says skipping ads doesn't violate copyright. That's a big deal".
Professor James Grimmelmann is quoted in the NPR story "Apple Loses E-Book Price Fixing Case"