David Post

Senior Fellow, Open Technology Institute

David G. Post was a Senior Fellow at the New America's Open Technology Institute. Until his retirement in Fall 2014, he was the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law at the Temple University Law School, where he taught intellectual property law, copyright, and the law of cyberspace. He also holds a Ph.D. in physical anthropology, has published widely in the area of animal behavior and evolutionary biology, practiced high technology transactions law at the Washington DC law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, and clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Post is the author of In Search of Jefferson’s Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace (Oxford), a Jeffersonian view of Internet law and policy, awarded the 2009 Green Bag Award for Exemplary Legal Writing and variously described as “beautifully written” and “astonishing” (Lawrence Lessig), “brilliant and a joy to read” (Jonathan Zittrain), and “an authentic work of genius, conceived and written in the finest Jeffersonian spirit” (Sean Wilentz). In addition, he is the (co)-author of Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West), and has published numerous scholarly articles on intellectual property law, the law of cyberspace, and complexity theory, including the most-frequently-cited intellectual property law review article published in the last 75 years, Law and Borders: The Rise of Law in Cyberspace.

His writings and additional information can be found online at <http://www.davidpost.com>.

All Work

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ISIS Influence on Web Prompts Second Thoughts on First Amendment

David G. Post was one of many legal experts to condemn Mr. Posner’s idea.


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Happy Birthday!

In the Washington Post, Senior Fellow David Post writes about the recent ruling that releases "Happy Birthday" into the public domain.


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I’d be smiling, too, if I owned the copyright to this photograph

OTI Senior Fellow David Post writes in the Washington Post about on the issue of copyright protection and animals - if a monkey takes a self


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Controlling Internet Infrastructure, Part II

This paper is the second in a series on the IANA transition.


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Internet Governance-by-Infrastructure: Some Words of Caution

Control over access to critical portions of the Internet’s technical infrastructure (such as the Internet’s domain name system, or “DNS”) is


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Internet Governance: What if the Sky is Really Falling?

The US government is contemplating relinquishing the last remaining vestige of its control over a vital piece of the Internet’s core technic


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Controlling Internet Infrastructure, Part I

The IANA transition is an important turning point in the evolution of the global Internet.


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New America Foundation Scholars Say IANA Transition Needs Greater Public Scrutiny

The New America Foundation published today a new policy paper discussing what’s at stake in the IANA transition, Controlling Internet Infras


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ICANN, copyright infringement, and “the public interest”

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Senate Hearings on the IANA Transition Provide Troubling Insight Into Policymakers' Priorities

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held its long-awaited hearings on “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance,” a