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Beyond Our Control? : Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of Cyberspace - Stuart Biegler

Beyond Our Control?

Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of Cyberspace

Paperback Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9780262524162
Number Of Pages: 472
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This book provides a framework for thinking about the law and cyberspace, examining the extent to which the Internet is currently under control and the extent to which it can or should be controlled. It focuses in part on the proliferation of MP3 file sharing, a practice made possible by the development of a file format that enables users to store large audio files with near-CD sound quality on a computer. By 1998, software available for free on the Web enabled users to copy existing digital files from CDs. Later technologies such as Napster and Gnutella allowed users to exchange MP3 files in cyberspace without having to post anything online. This ability of online users to download free music caused an uproar among music executives and many musicians, as well as a range of much-discussed legal action.Regulation strategies identified and discussed include legislation, policy changes, administrative agency activity, international cooperation, architectural changes, private ordering, and self-regulation. The book also applies major regulatory models to some of the most volatile Internet issues, including cyber-security, consumer fraud, free speech rights, intellectual property rights, and file-sharing programs.

It is in systematically presenting to the reader an actual analytical framework that Biegel's book becomes highly recommended reading.

-Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies website
... a study of Internet law that leaves no stone in cyberspace unturned... Biegel proves to be a gifted teacher.... Biegel's well-researched and carefully organized text is one of the most comprehensive of its kind.

-Harvard Journal of Law and Technology * Reviews *
I recommend for any instructors or researchers who need a popular reference to the recent legal history of the Internet.

-Technology and Society Book Reviews * Reviews *
It is in systematically presenting to the reader an actual analytical framework that Biegel's book becomes highly recommended reading.

-Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies website * Reviews *

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Controlling the Internet: Is Anyone in Charge?p. 3
Just How Different Is Cyberspace?p. 25
Is There Really a Problem Here? Sorting Out Categories of Allegedly Problematic Conductp. 51
The Inherent Limits of Our Legal Systemp. 97
The Traditional Regulation Model: Applying Existing Rules and Developing New Legal Frameworks at the Individual Country Levelp. 123
International Models of Agreement and Cooperationp. 157
Changing the Architecture of the Internet: Code-Based Regulation and Its Implicationsp. 187
Charting a Roadmap for Prospective Regulationp. 215
Combating Dangerous Conduct in Cyberspace: A Focus on Cyberterrorismp. 227
Combating Fraudulent Conduct in Cyberspace: A Focus on Consumer Rightsp. 259
Coming to Terms with Unlawful Anarchic Conduct in Cyberspace: A Focus on Private Digital Copying by the Average Netizenp. 279
Confronting Inappropriate Conduct in Cyberspace: Online Hate and the Inherent Limits of the Lawp. 321
Conclusionp. 353
Notesp. 365
Subject Indexp. 437
Index of Cases and Statutesp. 451
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ISBN: 9780262524162
ISBN-10: 0262524163
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.64