Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Perspective Electives

207: Internet Speech Seminar

Credit Hours



The course will explore First Amendment jurisprudence as applied to Internet communications as well as the regulation of Internet content in such contexts as incitement, speech that promotes or facilitates criminal acts, true threats, and matters relating to national security, obscenity, indecency, and child pornography. Other topics covered include on-line defamation, including immunities under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and claims involving anonymous communications, privacy interests, data mining, on-line profiling, as well as regulatory and statutory approaches to privacy protections. Some attention will be paid to copyright and trademark claims, disputes relating to domain names, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This course will be a 2 hour course with an examination. Students interested in writing a paper may do so for an additional hour of credit.