Netflix, Facebook, and Social Sharing

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. William McGeveran says:



    Shameless plug: I have a forthcoming paper that builds on the Neil Richards article in the specific context of frictionless sharing and uses Netflix as a case study. (

    My suggestion in that paper is that a simple “privacy by design” principle would ensure an interface which makes it at least as burdensome to share an action as it is to perform that action. So in the case of Netflix, the company could put a PLAY AND SHARE button right next to the PLAY button, but not a setting to share by default every time the user presses PLAY.

    Bill McGeveran