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Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age, 4th Edition


This innovative casebook starts from the premise that cyberlaw is not simply a set of legal rules governing online interaction, but a lens through which broader jurisprudential issues can be re-examined. Accordingly, this book goes beyond plugging Internet-related cases into a series of pre-existing doctrinal categories-First Amendment, copyright, trademark, etc.-and instead emphasizes the conceptual debates that cut across the areas of doctrine touched by cyberspace.
Moreover, the casebook uses the rise of the Internet to encourage readers to reconsider various assumptions in traditional legal doctrine. This dual focus provides readers with broad-based and sophisticated training in Internet-related legal issues while also making the argument that cyberlaw is a coherent and useful field of study.
Thus, instead of compiling a list of topic areas, the book seeks to define a set of conceptual issues that extend across the spectrum of Internet legal dilemmas. While all of the "traditional" subject matter areas of cyberlaw are addressed, they are placed in a new framework-one that asks both students and professors to consider what it is that cyberlaw has to teach us about law more generally.
The Third Edition retains the qualities that have made the book so successful in law schools across the country. It is compact, serves a variety of course formats, builds new cases on top of a foundation of non-Internet legal doctrine, and fosters lively and provocative class discussions. The Third Edition provides updated case and statutory coverage, but in addition, the casebook has undergone a major revision to provide even greater conceptual clarity and respond to user feedback. Treatment of subjects has been adjusted throughout to reflect new thinking in the field, each chapter now includes greater "framing" to highlight the issues to be explored, materials have been reordered to make more intuitive connections among different doctrinal categories, and new stand-alone chapters have been added dealing with Speech Regulation, Intermediaries, Surveillance & Privacy, and Information Enclosure. The Teacher's Manual-which provides a detailed blueprint for guiding class discussions-has also be revised.

 
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