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Cyber Rights : Defending Free speech in the Digital Age - Mike Godwin

Cyber Rights

Defending Free speech in the Digital Age

Paperback Published: 13th July 2003
ISBN: 9780262571685
Number Of Pages: 426
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Cyber Rights by Mike Godwin is a book for any champion of the rights of the little guy. Godwin, counsel to the Electronio Frontier Foundation, set out in this book to explain cyberspace and why it matters; to show how the law and the U.S. Constitution apply to cyberspace, or how they should; to answer widespread fears about cyberspace; and to defend the Internet. I think he does a good job on all counts." - Michael Swaine, Dr. Dobb's Journal

Preface to the Revised Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Two Mornings in Cyberspacep. xiii
A New Frontier for Free Speech and Societyp. 1
Where the "Virtual" Meets the "Real": Free Speech, Community, and Ethics on the Netp. 25
The Net Backlash: Fear of Freedomp. 63
Libel on the Netp. 79
When Words Hurt: Two Hard Cases about Online Speechp. 109
Privacy Versus Society?p. 143
The Battle over Copyright on the Net( and Other Intellectual Property Encounters)p. 185
A Bad Spin and a Cyberporn Primerp. 247
Fighting a Cyberporn Panicp. 259
Courting the Future: The Communications Decency Act of 1996p. 319
Free Speech and Communities: What the Lawyers Knowp. 355
Notesp. 369
Indexp. 387
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ISBN: 9780262571685
ISBN-10: 0262571684
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 13th July 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.68