Late last week Facebook sent a legal threat to the NYU Ad Observatory, a research project that collects and studies political ads on Facebook. The timing of this threat could not be worse. The Ad Observatory is one of the best sources available to understand how political advertisements on being…


The federal court in Massachusetts has the rare opportunity to clarify the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act this afternoon.

The Moakley Courthouse
Image of the Moakley Courthouse CC BY-SA from Wikimedia user Beyond My Ken

While I doubt many onlookers followed in the courtroom, there was a hearing on a temporary restraining order this afternoon that gave the United States District Court for…


Originally posted to an older blog on 11 May 2015, reproduced here after that blog closed.

A list developed thanks to input from Mike Ananny, Mark W. Bennett, Sarah McLaughlin, Natalie Nicol, Brian Rideout, and Francis Walker.

A. Times where you can shout “fire!” in a crowded theater.

  1. The theater…


Today the Massachusetts Joint-Committee on Labor and Workforce Development is considering a series of proposals to modify non-compete and trade secret law in Massachusetts. One proposal in particular (bill S. 1020) would abolish non-competes in the Commonwealth entirely. …


Note: This is a post I originally wrote on 26 April 2011, on a blog that I’ve since deleted. I’m reposting it here, as I’ve discovered a few people who liked the old post and wondered what happened to it. I’m not sure if I fully agree with what I…


This essay first appeared in Internet Monitor project’s second annual report, Internet Monitor 2014: Reflections on the Digital World. The report, published by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, is a collection of roughly three dozen short…

Andy Sellars

Director of the BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic. Technology law, intellectual property, and freedom of expression.

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