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Code And Other Laws of Cyberspace is an exciting examination of how the core values of cyberspace as we know it—intellectual property, free speech, and privacy-—are being threatened and what we can do to protect them. Lessig shows how code—the architecture and law of cyberspace—can make a domain, site, or network free or restrictive; how technological architectures influence people's behavior and the values they adopt; and how changes in code can have damaging consequences for individual freedoms. Code is not just for lawyers and policymakers; it is a must-read for everyone concerned with survival of democratic values in the Information Age.
"This may be the most important book ever published about the Internet, as well as one of the most readable. Lessig's ideas are deep and insightful, and they will shape the way the future develops. He is a master at seeing the important ideas lurking behind things we all take for granted."
--Mark A. Lemley, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkley
"Lessig's book is an astonishing achievement. The nation's leading scholar of cyberspace has produced a paradigm-shifting work that will transform the debate about the architecture of cyberspace. Lessig challenges us to make choices about freedom, privacy, intellectual property, and technology that most of us didn't recognize as choices in the first place."
--Jeffrey Rosen, Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic
|Chapter 1||Code Is Law||3|
|Chapter 2||Four Puzzles from Cyberspace||9|
|Chapter 4||Architectures of Control||30|
|Chapter 5||Regulating Code||43|
|Part 2||Code and Other Regulators|
|Chapter 7||What Things Regulate||85|
|Chapter 8||The Limits in Open Code||100|
|Chapter 10||Intellectual Property||122|
|Chapter 12||Free Speech||164|
|Chapter 15||The Problems We Face||213|
|Chapter 17||What Declan Doesn't Get||231|
Posted December 6, 1999
I found Lessig's theme interesting when I first heard of and later purchased the book. What attracted me was the possibility of an serious socio-philosophical exploration cyberspace and law. I found the first two chapters to be rife with generalizations. For example, Lessig makes the claim that Communism collapsed due to exhaustion. This particular idea--one of many that the author uses to build up to a discussion of law and society--simplifies a very complex series of historical events. This book is filled with such unprotected logical planks. The more serious problem is that Lessig sometimes contradicts himself. This may be the result of a law education, focusing more on the application of the law. The author fails to seriously explore the levels of assumption beneath his arguments. The only solid foundation he lays for the reader is that he is a constitutionalist. All else if a hodge-podge of philosophical bits and pieces that merge at functional examples. The weakness of this book is that the argument isn't built as solid as it should be. On the other hand, it was great introduction to a subject that will become increasingly volatile and important in the upcoming decades.
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Posted September 8, 2003
Beyond his lucid framing of the challenges of regulating life in cyber-space, Lessing's book is an example of the methodology we ought to employ in constructing our opinions about the complex issues of public policy and law.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.