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Beyond Our Control? Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of Cyberspace
ISBN 0262025043 / 9780262025041 / 0-262-02504-3
Publisher The MIT Press
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Frontiers can't last forever. That's the message underlying Beyond Our Control? Confronting the Limits of Our Legal System in the Age of Cyberspace by legal scholar Stuart Biegel. The pioneers of the Internet have long proclaimed that their domain couldn't and shouldn't be regulated, but increasing commercial and legal pressures are tipping the balance in favor of control. Biegel is neither surprised nor outraged at this development and urges his readers to accept the inevitable and advocate for sensible legislation.
His comparisons of Internet activity to traditional means of communication and commerce are intriguing and suggest analogies with existing regulations. Despite his skepticism, Biegel does find some grey areas that will, he believes, require new thinking rather than simply repurposing old laws for new ends. He draws on the ever-evolving MP3 and P2P controversies to keep his writing concrete, and material that could be rather dry flourishes when applied to the daily news. --Rob Lightner [via]