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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

Copyright for Literate Robots, Iowa Law Review (forthcoming 2015).

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]

Recent News featuring James Grimmelmann

July 22, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Reddit and Weep" on insidehighered.com

June 29, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quouted in the article "Yelp Study Criticizes Google for 'Degrading' Search Results, Harming Consumers" on mediapost.com

June 29, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Yahoo article "Supreme Court refuses to hear Google's appeal in Java patent case" and on cnet.com

June 12, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Reddit Nailed With Censorship Accusations After Banning Online Forums" on sputniknews.com

June 2, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Conviction for Facebook threats thrown out" in the Times News.

June 2, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Fusion article "Supreme Court rules in favor of man who Facebooked about killing his wife but it’s complicated."

June 1, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Associated Press article "High court throws out conviction for Facebook threats." The article appeared in numerous outlets including: Al Jazeera The Boston Globe stltoday.com wsbtv.com dailynews.com

May 27, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "DoJ Argues Against Google's Java Appeal" on informationweek.com

May 26, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law authored the article "Do You Consent" on Slate.com

May 19, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Experimenting On Social Media Users" on lawprofessors.typepad.com

May 18, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "En Banc 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling Says Actor Didn't Hold Copyright in Film" on bna.com

May 13, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Grimmelmann on the Experiments on Social Media Users" on the Legal Theory Blog.

May 6, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Gazette.net story "Rockville eyes body cameras for cops."

April 21, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Tuesday News: Fair Use in the news, how the brain spells,..." on dearauthor.com

April 20, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law wrote the article "In Its Antitrust Debacle, Was Google’s Real Victim You?" in Wired.

April 17, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Forbes article "The News Media's Use of the Walter Scott Video Is - Surprise! - A Newsworthy Use" in Forbes and in a similar article on hyperallergic.com.

April 16, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was interviewed for the segment "Marketplace Tech for Thursday, April 16, 2015" that aired on NPR.

April 15, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the article "Can European Regulators Take Google Down?" on ibtimes.com

March 30, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was mentioned in the article "Podcast: Will the latest evolution in digital media kill the Hollywood blockbuster?" on qz.com

March 26, 2015

The School of Law and Dean Donald Tobin, Kathleen Hoke, James Grimmelmann, Michelle Harner, and Danielle Citron of the School of Law were mentioned in the article "FAN 53.1 (First Amendment News) U. Maryland Law to Host Conference: 'The Impact of the First Amendment on American Business'" on Concurring Opinions.

March 23, 2015

Danielle Citron and James Grimmelmann of the School of Law were quoted in the article "Is there any recourse for meme victims?" on cio-today.com, sci-tech-today.com, lansingstatejournal.com, and newsfactor.com

March 20, 2015

Danielle Citron and James Grimmelmann of the School of Law were quoted in the article "Is there any recourse for meme victims?" on amarillo.com and delawareonline.com

March 18, 2015

James Grimmelmann of the School of Law was quoted in the Associated Press story that ran in the Ruidoso News and the Evening Sun, "Is there any recourse for victims of online photo memes?"

March 8, 2015

School of Law professor James Grimmelmann was quoted in the Rough Type story "Our algorithms, ourselves."



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