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Rethinking Cyberlaw

A New Vision for Internet Law Jacqueline Lipton, David L. Brennan Chair in Law and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology, University of Akron School of Law, US
The rapid increase in Internet usage over the past several decades has led to the development of new and essential areas of legislation and legal study. Jacqueline Lipton takes on the thorny question of how to define the field that has come to be known variously as cyberlaw, cyberspace law or Internet law. Unlike much of the existing literature, this book tackles the question with the benefit of hindsight and draws on several decades of legal developments in the United States and abroad that help illustrate the scope of the field.
Extent: 176 pp
Hardback Price: £65.00 Web: £58.50
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78100 217 9
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The rapid increase in Internet usage over the past several decades has led to the development of new and essential areas of legislation and legal study. Jacqueline Lipton takes on the thorny question of how to define the field that has come to be known variously as cyberlaw, cyberspace law or internet law. Unlike much of the existing literature, this book tackles the question with the benefit of hindsight and draws on several decades of legal developments in the United States and abroad that help illustrate the scope of the field.

The author argues that cyberlaw might best be considered a law of the ‘online intermediary,’ and that by focusing on the regulation of online conduct by search engines, online retail outlets, Internet service providers and online social networks, a more cohesive and comprehensive concept of cyberlaw may be developed. Topics covered include current comparative and global strategies, suggestions for future approaches to cyberspace regulation, and the creation of a cohesive and comprehensive framework for the cyberlaw field.

Providing an excellent summation of current, past and future cyberlaw, this volume will be extremely valuable to students, scholars, policy makers and legal practitioners with an interest in digital information and technology.

‘Lipton does a good job of explaining both the technological aspects of the law and the legal aspects of technology. The book is written in an engaging style, and is a good introduction on the subject.’
– Sarah Sutherland, Canadian Law Library Review

‘This book provides a detailed and methodical overview of the contemporary contours of cyberspace law. It does a wonderful job explaining the evolution of online copyright law and trademark law issues, and also of predicting future developments. It also provides a clear and handy account of online privacy law, and the speech torts, especially defamation. This updated treatment of essential cyberspace law topics makes an exceptionally useful contribution to the field.’
– Ann Bartow, Pace University School of Law, US

‘As one of the long-time leading scholars in the field, Professor Lipton has written a timely reconceptualization of cyberlaw as few others could do. In this comprehensive overview, Professor Lipton presents the nuances of the subject in an accessible manner that will be of interest not only to legal scholars or practitioners specializing in cyberlaw, but to anyone who has reflected on the unique nature of cyberspace and its regulation.’
– Marshall A. Leaffer, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, US
Contents: 1.The Scope of Cyberlaw 2. Digital Copyright Law 3. Digital Trademark Law 4. Online Defamation and other Harmful Speech 5. Digital Privacy and Cyber-Victimization 6. Conclusions on the Future of Cyberlaw Index