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The Information Technology Law Blog and Podcast by Professor Michael Scott

About Professor Michael Scott

Attorney. Programmer. Scholar. Teacher. Human. These are all words that can be used to describe Professor Scott. But who is he really?

For many years, Michael Scott was a lawyer and an educator. As a partner in the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, Professor Scott’s areas of practice included intellectual property law, domestic and international licensing, technology law, and litigation for all types of businesses, from tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. With almost four decades of legal experience representing high-technology clients and an extensive background in computer technology, he is a pioneer in the field of high-technology law and public policy. He has also authored some of the most widely used publications on technology law, including Scott on Information Technology Law (in its third edition with Aspen Publishers — previously called “Scott on Computer Law”), Scott on Multimedia Law (in its second edition with Aspen Publishers), and Scott on Outsourcing Law & Practice. In total, he is the author of seven books on intellectual property, computer, multimedia, internet, and telecommunications law, and has published and presented hundreds of papers on related topics at symposia around the world.

A member of the board of editors of the UCLA-Alaska Law Review during law school, Professor Scott is currently editor-in-chief of — The Cyberspace Lawyer — published by Reuters/Thompson/West.. He also serves as co-chair of the California State Bar’s Intellectual Property Section, Computer/Internet Roundtable.

Professor Scott is a tenured professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, CA, where he teaches many courses in information technology (IT) law, information privacy law, copyright and patent law, and other areas. He is also Director of the school’s Summer Abroad program in London in International Information Technology Law, which is open to current law students everywhere.

Two of his recent law review articles are:

* Tort Liability for Vendors of Insecure Software: Has the Time Finally Come?
62 Maryland L. Rev. (No. 2, 2008).

* The FTC, the Unfairness Doctrine and Data Security Litigation: Has the Commission Gone Too Far?
Administrative Law Review (2008)

A former member of Southwestern’s adjunct faculty whose affiliation with the law school dates back to 1976, he joined the full-time faculty in 2003. Professor Scott feels strongly that “it is extremely important to help law students become truly conversant in those areas of technology, law, business and public policy they will need to be effective leaders of the 21st Century.”

For more information on Professor Scott’s publications, see his faculty profile on Southwestern Law School’s website.

In addition to this blog, Prof. Scott also posts his musings on Twitter.

[Written by one of Prof. Scott's students.]