Cases/Proceedings

The Center for Internet and Society strives to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values.

  • Shloss v. Estate of Joyce

    After the Estate of James Joyce refused to allow a scholar to quote Joyce in her book, we successfully defended her right under the fair use doctrine to use the quotes she needed to illustrate her scholarship.  After we prevailed in the case, the Estate paid $240,000 of our client’s legal fees.

  • Sony v. Tenenbaum

    We filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation asking the First Circuit to affirm the district court’s reduced damages award in Sony v. Tenenbaum, a file-sharing case in which a jury originally ordered a college student to pay $675,000 for infringing copyright in 30 songs.

  • U.S. v. Auernheimer

    Arguing that a defendant’s conviction for website hacking should be overturned because legitimate, highly valuable security and privacy research commonly employs techniques that are essentially identical to what the defendant did and that such independent research is of great value to academics,

  • Vargas v. BT

    We successfully defended Grammy-nominated American music producer, composer, and songwriter, Brain Transeau’s (better known by his stage name, BT), against spurious copyright infringement claims.

  • Verizon v. Federal Communications Commission

  • Wikimedia v. NSA

    Arguing that the information publicly available on the NSA's Upstream program, combined with an understanding of how the Internet works, means plaintiff Wikimedia has met its burden of proving standing to challenge Upstream.

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