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A "Law of the Horse"?

Is the "Law of Cyberspace" as unnecessary as the fictional "Law of the Horse" as posited by Judge Frank Easterbrook at the University of Chicago in 1996?  It's true that legal issues such as  defamation, obsenity, fraud, property infringement, commerce, regulation and many more exist in real space as well as cyberspace, and neither Internet nor horse will "illuminate the entire law" (Easterbrook, 1996). But that was back when the Internet was just starting to come into its own.  Patricia Bellia states in her Cyberlaw casebook, "The emergence of a global network of interconnected computers able to access, store, process, and transmit vast amounts of information in digital form has already altered our cultural landscape and...these tremendous cultural changes bring with them new legal challenges." (Bellia, Cyberlaw, p.1)

What is Cyberlaw?

Cyberlaw refers to many areas of law involving the use of computers and the Internet: electronic commerce and transactions, torts in cyberspace, cyberjurisdiction, Internet-related privacy, cybercrime and data security, Internet and software copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.  What cyberlaw is NOT is merely applying law to new technology. "It is a lens through which broader conceptual debates can be re-examined, challenged, and potentially reconceived...Studying cyberspace legal issues forces us to rethink established legal doctrines...and question some of the premises that underlie our thinking about the law and the way that the law operates." (Bellia, Cyberlaw, p. 1)

Cyberlaw Blogs & News Sources

  • AIPLA Newsstand
    From the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
    (For AIPLA Quarterly Journal, see link under "Journals" on "Research Resources" page.)
  • AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Blog
    From Traverse Legal, issues involving the purchase and sale of domain names, and domain name theft.
  • Berkman Buzz
    Selected posts from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
  • beSpacific
    Topics on cybercrime within a blog of searchable posts by a law librarian. "Accurate, focused research on law, technology, and knowledge."
  • Big Data Tech Law Blog
    Kilpatrick Townsend's Jon Neiditz blogs about "the velocity, variety and volume of big data." Electronic transactions, records management, security, and more.
  • BlawgIT
    Coverage of Internet Law by attorney Brett J. Trout. Part of his larger blog including Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Internet Law issues.
  • Center for Democracy and Technology Blog
    The CDT is a nonprofit public policy organization working toward "keeping the Internet open, innovative, free."
  • Center for Internet and Society Blog
    From Stanford Law School, addressing law and policy around the Internet.
  • Computer Fraud, Data Security Law Blog
    Attorney Shawn Tuma blogs about data privacy and social media.
  • Crime in the Suites
    Analysis of issues in White Collar defense from Ifrah Law; cybersecurity, federal sentencing and fraud.
  • Cyber Crime Lawyer Blog
    David S. Selzter of Miami blogs about cybercrime news, events, and cases.
  • Cyber Internet Lawyer Blog
    From attorney Domingo J. Rivera and AVM Technology, computer forensics experts, information security, and computer crime cases.
  • Cyber Inquirer
    Published by the Law Offices of Richard J. Bortnick, this blog shares legal perspectives of cyber law, privacy, and insurance issues.
  • Cybercrime Review
    State and Federal rulings related to cybercrime and the use of digital evidence in criminal cases.
  • Cyberlaw Cases
    Covering the most important pending legal cases in cyberlaw, written by two law professors from the University of California, Berkeley, a professor at Wayne State University law School, and a practicing attorney.
  • Cyberlaw Central
    A blog about "the digital world, its impact and legal framework," by attorney Kevin A. Thompson.
  • Cyberlaw Clinic Blog
    Published by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School.
  • CyberTelecom Blog
    Robert Cannon blogs from an educational nonprofit focused on federal Internet law and policy.
  • Cyb3rcrim3
    "Observations on technology, law and lawlessness" written Susan Brenner, a law professor who works in the fields of cybercrime and cyberconflict.
  • Data Law Insights
    Legal insights on navigating privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, e-discovery and more by Crowell & Moring.
  • GrepLaw
    A production of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, covering news, commentary and discussion about Internet and computer law and policy.
  • ILC Cyber Report
    "Updates on developments in cyberlaw and policy" from the Internet Law Center in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Ifrah on iGaming
    Legal issues in the realm of online gaming: poker, sports betting, mobile gambling, fantasy sports and more.
  • Internet Law
    Current legal developments in the virtual realm.
  • Internet On Trial
    Cyber defamation, computer crimes and social media law, among other topics.
  • Internetcases
    Chicago attorney Evan Brown discusses legal issues involving technology, websites, privacy, new and social media, cloud technology, trademark, copyright, online anonymity and more.
  • LegalTXTS
    "Byte-sized news about law in the digital world" with emphasis on legal issues regarding digital media, privacy & data security.
  • Lexology
    Business lawyers are the target market for this innovative web-based service that provides custom legal analysis via RSS feeds.
  • Of Digital Interest
    Legal news and trends in privacy, advertising, and digital media.
  • Privacy and Information Security Law Blog
    From Hunton & Williams, global privacy and cybersecurity law updates and analysis.
  • Ride the Lightning
    Written by Sharon D. Nelson, President of Sensei Enterprises, a company that provides technology support and security to law firms and corporations; this blog focuses on digital forensics, information technology, and information security.
  • Social Media & Games Blog
    Emerging business and legal issues relating to virtual goods & currency, augmented reality, online & video games, and more from the international Pillsbury law firm.
  • Technology & Marketing Law Blog
    E-commerce, privacy/security, copyright, trade secrets, and other topics discussed by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman.
  • This Week in Law (podcasts)
    Listen in as Denise Howell and Evan Brown discuss breaking issues in technology law, including patents, copyrights, and more. Live every Friday at 2:00 ET, and past broadcasts available at this website.
  • Threat Level
    From "Wired," privacy, crime, and security online.
  • 3D Internet Law
    Video game and virtual worlds law and their various legal issues, by Stephen Wu of the Santa Clara Law School.
  • Trading Secrets
    Corporate espionage and computer fraud legal news from Seyfarth Shaw.
  • The Verge
    Website covering "the intersection of technology, science, art and culture." Feature articles, breaking news, in-depth reporting, product reviews & information. Click the link to take you to the section on "Policy & Law."

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