Code: Version 2.0 by Lawrence LessigShould cyberspace be regulated? How can it be done? Its a cherished belief of techies and net denizens everywhere that cyberspace is fundamentally impossible to regulate. Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig warns that, if were not careful well wake up one day to discover that the character of cyberspace has changed from under us. Cyberspace will no longer be a world of relative freedom; instead it will be a world of perfect control where our identities, actions, and desires are monitored, tracked, and analyzed for the latest market research report. Commercial forces will dictate the change, and architecture—the very structure of cyberspace itself—will dictate the form our interactions can and cannot take.
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 peoples 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.
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Code : And Other Laws of Cyberspace. Lawrence Lessig. There's a common belief that cyberspace cannot be regulated—that it is, in its very essence, immune from the government's or anyone else's control. Code argues that this belief is wrong. That code can create a place of freedom—as the original architecture of the Net did—or a place of exquisitely oppressive control.
In an eloquent and meditative treatment that reads more like a political essay than a biography, Keane The Ram of God, , etc. Code is a great book on the regulation of cyberspace. There is no dancing around the point that it is a tedious read. Keeping my focus till the end was difficult, but it was worth finishing. Supreme Court.
When the original book was published, in , Mike Godwin wrote a review for a long defunct journal called E-Commerce Law Weekly. Imagine that you could somehow assemble the pioneers of the Internet and the first political theorists of cyberspace in a room and poll them as to what beliefs they have in common. Although there would be lots of heated discussion and no unanimity on any single belief, you might find a majority could get behind something like the following four premises:. But what if each of these premises is at best incomplete and at worse false or misleading? What if the architecture of the Net can be changed by government and the dynamism of e-commerce? What if the very developments that enhance electronic commerce also undermine political freedom and privacy? The result might be that engineers and activists who are concerned about preserving democratic values in cyberspace were focusing their efforts in the wrong direction.
A few years later, he put out a very updated version called Code 2. Both versions are classics and important pieces of the history of the internet -- and are especially interesting to look at now that issues of how much "code" is substituting as "law" have become central to so many debates.
We have all encountered passages such as those above, declarations by the digerati of cyberspace on the non-governability of cyberspace. Some of them seem just silly, some of them have a ring of truth, but they all have a catchy appeal about them in the way that they declare a kind of unbounded enthusiasm for the new world order. I guess we could think of them as the "tune in, turn on, drop out" of the Internet generation. The arguments that counter these declarations of freedom tend to be stodgy and pedantic statements about government and responsibility. They are much less appealing. Here is a man who understands the term "government" at an extremely deep level and who expresses it in language that is modern, eloquent and even amusing. He is at heart a constitutional law expert, and when Lessig writes about governance and cyberspace it becomes a lesson in constitutional law.
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace is a book by Lawrence Lessig on the structure and nature of regulation of the Internet. The primary idea of the book, as expressed in the title, is the notion that computer code or "West Coast Code", referring to Silicon Valley regulates conduct in much the same way that legal code or "East Coast Code", referring to Washington, D. The book includes a discussion of the implications for copyright law , arguing that cyberspace changes not only the technology of copying but also the power of law to protect against illegal copying. It goes so far as to argue that code displaces the balance in copyright law and doctrines such as fair use. The importance of this side of the story is generally underestimated and, as the examples in the book show, very often, code is even only considered as an extra tool to fight against "unlimited copying. The Future of Ideas is a continuation of Code's analysis of copyright, where Lessig argues that too much long term copyright protection hampers the creation of new ideas based on existing works, and advocates the importance of existing works entering the public domain quickly.