Princeton University
Computer Science Dept.

Freshman Seminar 136
The Speech is a Machine

Andrew W. Appel

Spring 2001

General Information | Schedule and Readings | Assignments | Announcements

Schedule (subject to rearrangement)

Feb 5: Extremes of permissible speech


Pipe Bombs; followed by commentary on why people who follow this recipe are idiots.
[The following site, previously listed, has disappeared: Anonymous, Pipe Bombs (excerpt from The Terrorist's Handbook).]

Howard Morland, The Holocaust Bomb: a Question of Time, November 15, 1999.

Carey Sublette, Basic Principles of Staged Radiation Implosion, in The High Energy Weapons Archive of the Federation of American Scientists.

Cass R. Sunstein, Is Violent Speech A Right?, The American Prospect, no. 22, summer 1995.

Writing assignment due Feb 12th.

Feb 12: The Government "monopoly" on cryptography

David Loundy, Two rulings on encryption speak different language, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 9, 1996, at page 6.

EFF "Legal Cases - Crypto - Bernstein v. US Dept. of State: Legalese" Archive. Read in chronological order (in reverse of the listed order).

Williams, Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, chapters 1 and 2.

Feb 19: Code and other laws of cyberspace

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. Lawrence Lessig, Basic Books, 1999.

Williams, Style, chapters 3 and 4.

Feb 26: Copyright

Edward Samuels, The Illustrated Story of Copyright. On reserve at Firestone Library.

Chapter 7 of Cyber Rights. Mike Godwin, Times Books (Random House), 1998.

MP3: It's Only Rock and Roll and the Kids Are Alright. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Nation, July 24, 2000.

March 5: Napster

The Heavenly Jukebox . Charles C. Mann, The Atlantic Monthly, September 2000.

The Battle over the Institutional Ecosystem in the Digital Environment. Yochai Benkler, Communications of the ACM 44 (2), pp. 84-90, February 2001.

Courtney Love does the Math. Courtney Love,, June 14, 2000.

Liberation Musicology. Eben Moglen, The Nation, March 12, 2001.

Recording Industry brief in the Napster case, Filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, July 26, 2000.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling, February 12, 2001.

March 12: Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Copyright law of the United States, in particular Section 106 and Chapter 12

Legally speaking: why the anticircumvention regulations need revision. Pamela Samuelson, Communications of the ACM 42 (9) pp. 17-21, September 1999.

Unfair Use. Julie E. Cohen, The New Republic Online, May 23, 2000.

Technological Access Control Interferes with Noninfringing Scholarship. Andrew W. Appel and Edward W. Felten, Communications of the ACM 43 (9) 21-23, September 2000.

Public comment to copyright office. Bernard R. Sorkin, representing Time Warner Inc., February 7, 2000.

Public comment to copyright office. Fritz E. Attaway, representing Motion Picture Association of America, February 16, 2000.

Wednesday, March 14

March 14th, 4:30 p.m. in Wolfensohn Hall of the Institute for Advanced Study:
Lecture by Lawrence Lessig, Stanford University, "The Architecture of Innovation".

March 26: Copyright in the Internet Age

What's Wrong With Copy Protection. John Gilmore, 16 February 2001.

Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright. Eben Moglen, First Monday, 1999.

Copyright and the Perfect Curve. Julie E. Cohen, 53 Vand. L. Rev. (forthcoming) 2000.

Plaintiff's Preliminary Injunction Memo in MPAA v. Reimerdes, Corley and Kazan. Leon P. Gold et al., attorneys for plaintiffs, January 14, 2000.

Complaint in MPAA v. Reimerdes, Corley and Kazan. Leon P. Gold et al., attorneys for plaintiffs, January 14, 2000.

April 2: DVDs and DeCSS

Cryptanalysis of Contents Scrambling System, Frank Stevenson November 13, 1999. (This article prints much clearer than it appears on the screen.)

Gallery of CSS Descramblers , David S. Touretsky, 2000. (Browse the gallery for a few minutes, you don't have to read everything there.)

DVD trial papers (all dates in year 2000):
Jan 21Preliminary Injunction Against DeCSS
Jan 16MPAA v. Reimerdes, Corley and Kazan NY Filings
Feb 3Memorandum Opinion
Mar 17Consent Judgment Against Roman Kazan
May 4Defendants' Reply Brief on Linking
May 8Declarations of Emmanuel Goldstein and Pamela Samuelson
Jun 30Declaration of Michael Shamos
Jul 17Trial transcript, day 1.
Jul 18Trial transcript, day 2.
Jul 19Trial transcript, day 3.
Jul 20Trial transcript, day 4.
Jul 21Trial transcript, day 5.
Jul 25Trial transcript, day 6.
Aug 8Defendant's post-trial brief.
Aug 11   Plaintiff's Post-Trial Brief
Aug 17Opinion
Aug 17Final Judgement

April 9: DVDs and DeCSS

Reading list: same as last week.

April 16: DVDs in the appeals court