Cyberspace Law

Author: Hannibal Travis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135946108
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book explores what the American Civil Liberties Union calls the "third era" in cyberspace, in which filters "fundamentally alter the architectural structure of the Internet, with significant implications for free speech." Although courts and nongovernmental organizations increasingly insist upon constitutional and other legal guarantees of a freewheeling Internet, multi-national corporations compete to produce tools and strategies for making it more predictable. When Google attempted to improve our access to information containing in books and the World Wide Web, copyright litigation began to tie up the process of making content searchable, and resulted in the wrongful removal of access to thousands if not millions of works. Just as the courts were insisting that using trademarks online to criticize their owners is First Amendment-protected, corporations and trade associations accelerated their development of ways to make Internet companies liable for their users’ infringing words and actions, potentially circumventing free speech rights. And as social networking and content-sharing sites have proliferated, so have the terms of service and content-detecting tools for detecting, flagging, and deleting content that makes one or another corporation or trade association fear for its image or profits. The book provides a legal history of Internet regulation since the mid-1990s, with a particular focus on efforts by patent, trademark, and copyright owners to compel Internet firms to monitor their online offerings and remove or pay for any violations of the rights of others. This book will be of interest to students of law, communications, political science, government and policy, business, and economics, as well as anyone interested in free speech and commerce on the internet.

Cyberspace Law

Author: Hannibal Travis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135946175
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book explores what the American Civil Liberties Union calls the "third era" in cyberspace, in which filters "fundamentally alter the architectural structure of the Internet, with significant implications for free speech." Although courts and nongovernmental organizations increasingly insist upon constitutional and other legal guarantees of a freewheeling Internet, multi-national corporations compete to produce tools and strategies for making it more predictable. When Google attempted to improve our access to information containing in books and the World Wide Web, copyright litigation began to tie up the process of making content searchable, and resulted in the wrongful removal of access to thousands if not millions of works. Just as the courts were insisting that using trademarks online to criticize their owners is First Amendment-protected, corporations and trade associations accelerated their development of ways to make Internet companies liable for their users’ infringing words and actions, potentially circumventing free speech rights. And as social networking and content-sharing sites have proliferated, so have the terms of service and content-detecting tools for detecting, flagging, and deleting content that makes one or another corporation or trade association fear for its image or profits. The book provides a legal history of Internet regulation since the mid-1990s, with a particular focus on efforts by patent, trademark, and copyright owners to compel Internet firms to monitor their online offerings and remove or pay for any violations of the rights of others. This book will be of interest to students of law, communications, political science, government and policy, business, and economics, as well as anyone interested in free speech and commerce on the internet.

Cyberspace Law

Author: Hannibal Travis
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780415630313
Format: PDF, ePub
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It can be argued that the rules of the road for Internet users have evolved to reflect a balance between the untrammelled freedom sought by many users, and the demands of governments, parents, other users, corporations, and associations of equipment and intellectual property owners for greater control. However, this balance is being eroded by new technological tools for spying on, shaping, and censoring communications over the Internet to an unprecedented degree. This book considers how these technological controls are satisfying corporations' and governments' demands for greater predictability in Internet usage, even as the courts fight to guarantee minimum freedoms and privacy guarantees online. A series of key disputes about policing cyberspace have attracted wide coverage in the popular press and prompted hundreds of affected companies and trade associations to file legal briefs and distribute press releases. The book brings together a number of established experts in the field to critically analyse recent developments in online commerce and communications law and policy. The book offers an accessible and informative guide to these issues in several domains of internet law. These include: patenting methods of doing business over the Internet, and exploiting existing content in new ways on the Internet; efforts by patent, trademark, and copyright owners to enforce their rights online, and to compel Internet firms to monitor their online offerings and remove or pay for any infringements of others' rights; and the ability of the law to require or prohibit Internet companies from creating a specific version of the Internet. This book has been written for students of law, communications, political science, government and policy, business, and economics, as well as anyone interested in free speech and commerce on the internet.

Sex Laws and Cyberspace

Author: Jonathan Wallace
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780805052985
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Discusses the First Amendment and censorship on the Internet

Codifying Cyberspace

Author: Damian Tambini
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1844721450
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Can the Internet regulate itself? Faced with a range of 'harms' and conflicts associated with the new media – from gambling to pornography – many governments have resisted the temptation to regulate, opting instead to encourage media providers to develop codes of conduct and technical measures to regulate themselves. Codifying Cyberspace looks at media self-regulation in practice, in a variety of countries. It also examines the problems of balancing private censorship against fundamental rights to freedom of expression and privacy for media users. This book is the first full-scale study of self-regulation and codes of conduct in these fast-moving new media sectors and is the result of a three-year Oxford University study funded by the European Commission.

Cyber Rights

Author: Mike Godwin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262265379
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A first-person account of the fight to preserve First Amendment rights in the digital age. Lawyer and writer Mike Godwin has been at the forefront of the struggle to preserve freedom of speech on the Internet. In Cyber Rights he recounts the major cases and issues in which he was involved and offers his views on free speech and other constitutional rights in the digital age. Godwin shows how the law and the Constitution apply, or should apply, in cyberspace and defends the Net against those who would damage it for their own purposes. Godwin details events and phenomena that have shaped our understanding of rights in cyberspace—including early antihacker fears that colored law enforcement activities in the early 1990s, the struggle between the Church of Scientology and its critics on the Net, disputes about protecting copyrighted works on the Net, and what he calls "the great cyberporn panic." That panic, he shows, laid bare the plans of those hoping to use our children in an effort to impose a new censorship regime on what otherwise could be the most liberating communications medium the world has seen. Most important, Godwin shows how anyone—not just lawyers, journalists, policy makers, and the rich and well connected—can use the Net to hold media and political institutions accountable and to ensure that the truth is known.

Code

Author: Lawrence Lessig
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1442996463
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Since its original publication in 1999, this foundational book has become a classic in its field. This second edition, Code Version 2.0, updates the work and was prepared in part through a wiki, a web site allowing readers to edit the text, making this the first reader-edited revision of a popular book. Code counters the common belief that cyberspace cannot be controlled or censored. To the contrary, under the influence of commerce, cyberspace is becoming a highly regulable world where behavior will be much more tightly controlled than in real space. We can - we must - choose what kind of cyberspace we want and what freedoms it will guarantee. These choices are all about architecture: 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 average citizens to decide what values that code embodies. Publisher: Basic Books/Perseus.

Community Space and Online Censorship

Author: Dr Scott Beattie
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409496686
Format: PDF, ePub
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Internet censorship is a controversial topic - while the media periodically sounds alarms at the dangers of online life, the uncontrollable nature of the internet makes any kind of pervasive regulatory control impossible. This book compares the Australian solution, a set of laws which have been criticized as being both draconian and ineffectual, to major regulatory systems in the UK and US and understanding what drives them. The 'impossibility' of internet regulation opens deeper issues - what do we mean by regulation and how do we judge the certainty and effectiveness of law? These questions lead to an exploration of the theories of legal geography which provide tools to understand and evaluate regulatory practices. The book will be a valuable guide for academics, students and policy makers working in media and censorship law, those from a civil liberties interest and people interested in internet theory generally.

Censorship in Cyberspace

Author: Yulia Timofeeva
Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company
ISBN:
Format: PDF
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The Internet plays an important role in the contemporary world and, consequently, activities taking place online are becoming increasingly regulated. While the need for regulation seems well recognized today, opinions differ on the question of what the scope of regulation should be and what means are appropriate for achieving regulatory goals. This book examines the challenges facing regulators, taking into account specific features of the global network. It does not limit the analysis to particular states or legal systems, but covers a variety of approaches to regulation of online expression, revealing their interconnection, advantages, and drawbacks. It evaluates both the probability of success or failure of various regulatory measures and the consequences the regulation may have for freedom of expression.