The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is an intellectual center that explores the implications of the Internet and new information technologies for law and society. The ISP is guided by the values of democracy, development, and civil liberties. Our work includes copyright, media law and policy, transparency, and privacy.

Upcoming Events

Trademarks in Entertainment in Conflict - Payson R. Wolff Lecture

It is not uncommon for those producing entertainment content to utilize goods or other items that are trademarked.  Singles at a bar in a romantic comedy order a Budweiser.  A group of men in a movie are on their way to a baseball game, dressed in team regalia.  Someone in a reality program visits the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  These usages implicate conflicting rights: how are the rights of those engaged in free expression and the rights of trademark owners resolved?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 12:00pm

FOIA Bootcamp 2017

FOIA Bootcamp

How to effectively obtain information through FOIA, including drafting requests and specific language to use, as well as working with agencies to avoid litigation.

Speakers: Michael Morisy, cofounder of Muckrock & Daniel J. Klau, Of Counsel at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter. 


Michael Morisy, cofounder of Muckrock, manages the site's general operations. In 2014-2015, he was named a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He was previously an editor at the Boston Globe, where he launched the paper's technology vertical BetaBoston. He contributed to the New York Daily News' Pulitzer Prize-winning series on the deadly health conditions of Ground Zero workers. For encrypted communications please email m@morisy.com and use his PGP key. He graduated in 2007 from Cornell University with a degree in English.

Daniel J. Klau's practice focuses on appellate and First Amendment (particularly media law) litigation.  He also litigates a broad variety of complex disputes involving commercial and private parties in federal and state trial courts. As an appellate advocate, he has represented clients in the United State Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First and Second Circuits, and the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate courts. His media practice includes representing newspapers and other publishing entities in defamation matters and cases seeking access to court proceedings and files.

Dan is also an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he teaches privacy law. He is frequently quoted on First Amendment and privacy issues, is the author of numerous articles and columns on appellate practice and First Amendment issues, and is a frequent lecturer on these topics. Dan is currently president of Connecticut Foundation for Open Government. He has received numerous awards for his work on behalf of government access and transparency, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Helen M. Loy Freedom of Information Award in 2009 (solo recipient) and 2015 (shared with five recipients), the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information's 2007 Stephen Collins Award and the Connecticut Bar Association's 2007 "Pro Bono" Award. He has been listed in Super Lawyers® (2007-2015), a Thomson Reuters business, in the areas Appellate and Business Litigation. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE. Dan is a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford County Bar Association. Dan was the keynote speaker at the Freedom of Information Commission's 2009 Annual Conference. Dan regularly appears as counsel before the Freedom of Information Commission.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm