Benjamin Sobel

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2022


Ben Sobel is a scholar of information law. His work considers how the exercise of private rights shapes the public distribution of information, wealth, and cultural expression. In particular, he examines the way digital media, artificial intelligence, and networked devices influence the law of tangible and intellectual property, privacy, competition, and expression. Ben’s scholarship has been cited in briefs submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States, and has been published by the Lewis & Clark Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts, and Oxford University Press. His recent research analyzes the relationship between web scraping and common-law privacy and property causes of action, as well as the application of copyright’s fair use doctrine to machine learning technology. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and he currently serves as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. His publications are available on his homepage,

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