Hacker Law School

Presented at DEF CON 21 (2013), Aug. 1, 2013, 10 a.m. (110 minutes)

In the past year, several high-profile prosecutions of hackers have underscored the need for legal education in our community. This workshop will provide you with the fundamentals of Intellectual Property, Crimimal Law, and Criminal Procedure that you need to protect yourself. Learn where the grey areas of law are that increase your risk. This session will also enable you to better understand the deeper in-depth legal talks provided on the other days of DefCon. Hacker Law School -- We Went to Law School so You Don't Have to.


  • Marcia Hofmann - Attorney
    Marcia Hofmann is an attorney who litigates, writes, and speaks about computer crime and security, electronic privacy, freedom of expression, and copyright. She recently launched a boutique law practice focusing on these issues, and is part of Andrew Auernheimer's appellate defense team on appeal. She is also a fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, and an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
  • Jim Rennie / FalconRed - Attorney   as Jim Rennie
    Jim Rennie is an attorney who currently specializes in advising online business about both US and international online consumer privacy law. He also handles other general counsel duties such as contract negotiations and trademark registrations. Previously, he was a public defender in Las Vegas. Many years ago he was a software developer when he attended his first DefCon.


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