REVIEW: Children of the Revolution: The Developing Genre of Cyberlaw Commentary: Lawrence Lessig: Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace: Basic Books 1999: David R. Koepsell: The Ontology of Cyberspace: Law, Philosophy, and the Future of Intellectual Property: Open Court 2000 Skip over navigation
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REVIEW: Children of the Revolution: The Developing Genre of Cyberlaw Commentary: Lawrence Lessig: Code, and Other Laws of Cyberspace: Basic Books 1999: David R. Koepsell: The Ontology of Cyberspace: Law, Philosophy, and the Future of Intellectual Property: Open Court 2000

Summer, 2001

4 Green Bag 2d 453

Author

Terence P. Ross

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AS THE UNITED STATES shifts from an industrial economy to an information economy, the law has faced a profound challenge to adapt centuries-old legal principles to factual contexts undreamed of as recently as a decade ago. Not surprisingly, this challenge has been met by the legal academy through the creation of a new field of study that has come to be known as "cyberlaw." Indeed, the study of cyberlaw has grown so rapidly that rarely does a month pass without the publication of a new treatise or the announcement of a new law review symposium on the subject. And yet, despite this rush to publish, very few writings have appeared that mark a genuine contribution to this new field.

Two books on cyberlaw published within the last eighteen months, however, are worth pausing over. Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig has received substantial critical attention within the legal and technical communities that address the problems of cyberspace. In contrast, The Ontology of Cyberspace: Law, Philosophy, and the Future of Intellectual Property by David R. Koepsell has received relatively little attention despite its noteworthy contribution to the development of cyberlaw.
 
Cyberspace was born out of Department of Defense research into how military command and control could be maintained in the wake of a nuclear war that disabled much of the nation's communications infrastructure. Ironically, when cyberspace emerged in the early 1990s as an integral part of our culture, despite its origins as a ...
 
 
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