And Other Laws of Cyberspace

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Baker & Taylor
An expert on the legal aspects of the world of cyberspace explores such issues as free speech, intellectual property, and privacy within the world of computing and the Internet

Perseus Publishing
An exciting examination of the core values of cyberspace - intellectual property, free speech, and privacy - from one of America’s most brilliant young legal theorists.

There’s a common belief that cyberspace cannot be regulated—that it is, in its very essence, immune from the government’s (or anyone else’s) control.Code argues that this belief is wrong. It is not in the nature of cyberspace to be unregulable; cyberspace has no “nature.” It only has code—the software and hardware that make cyberspace what it is. That code can create a place of freedom—as the original architecture of the Net did—or a place of exquisitely oppressive control.If we miss this point, then we will miss how cyberspace is changing. Under the influence of commerce, cyberpsace is becoming a highly regulable space, where our behavior is much more tightly controlled than in real space.But that’s not inevitable either. We can—we must—choose what kind of cyberspace we want and what freedoms we will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: about what kind of code will govern cyberspace, and who will control it. In this realm, code is the most significant form of law, and it is up to lawyers, policymakers, and especially citizens to decide what values that code embodies.

Book News
Countering the common belief that cyberspace cannot be regulated, Lessig (Harvard Law School) argues that if anything, commerce is forging the Internet into a highly regulated domain. But neither direction is inevitable; it is up to citizens to decide what values and trade-offs of control hardware and software code is to embody. Paper edition (unseen), $15. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, Perseus Books Group, c1999
ISBN: 9780465039128
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 LES
Characteristics: xii, 297 p. : 24 cm


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