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James Grimmelmann

Professor of Law

Phone: (410) 706-7260
Fax: (410) 706-0407
E-mail:
jgrimmelmann @ law.umaryland.edu

Office: 231

AB, summa cum laude, Harvard University
JD, Yale Law School


Biography | Selected Publications | In the News

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.

He has been blogging since 2000 at the Laboratorium. His home page is at http://james.grimmelmann.net/.

Books

Internet Law: Cases and Problems 3.0 (2013). [Abstract]

Cybercrime: Digital Cops in a Networked Environment (2007) (with others). [Abstract]

Book Chapters

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]

Articles

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 683 (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]

Recent News featuring James Grimmelmann

July 17, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was interviewed for the article "Facebook's Chief 'Emotion Manipulation' Critic Wants Government To Investigate Websites Turning Users Into Guinea Pigs" in Forbes.

July 10, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, "Aereo Maps Out New Legal Strategy: It's A Cabler," on mediapost.com.

July 8, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was mentioned in the article "Indignacion contra Facebook" on tecnonews.info.

July 8, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article "Our opinion: Something for nothing?" in the Brattleboro Reformer.

June 30, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, "Facebook carry out secret experiment on users" in The Telegraph (U.K.). A similar article ran in The Irish Times, Grimmelmann's blog "The Laboratorium," benzinga.com and multiple other outlets.

June 26, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the TechDirt.com article, "The Aereo Ruling Is A Disaster For Tech, Because The 'Looks Like Cable' Test Provides No Guidance."

June 11, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article "Unbeaten Streak" on InsideHigherEd.com.

June 10, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the MediaPost.com article "Appeals Court Says Digital Library Project Doesn't Infringe Copyright."

June 1, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article "Aereo, the Supreme Court, and the Future of TV" on Reason.com.

May 20, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the BBC.com article "Whispers, secrets, and the return of anonymity on the web."

May 9, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, on theverge.com.

April 28, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article, "State regulator urges caution with bitcoin," in the Daily Record.

April 22, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was mentioned in the article, "Why the ABC v Aereo case matters--and why it doesn't," on washingtonpost.com.

April 22, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the Vox.com article, "What could happen if Aereo loses?"

April 11, 2014

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.

March 26, 2014

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."

February 28, 2014

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.

February 27, 2014

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.

February 27, 2014

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.

February 25, 2014

James Grimmelmann of the UM Carey School of Law was quoted in the article "Bitcoin's troubles don't faze Baltimoreans" on thedailyrecord.com.

February 21, 2014

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.

February 7, 2014

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.



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