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Jul/02

Law of the Steam Engine, Law of the Horse, Law of the Internet . . .


The Wall Street Journal ran a column yesterday (if it wasn’t subscription only, you would be able to read it in seconds by clicking here but it is so you can’t), supporting the view that there really isn’t a field of cyberlaw.  The column quotes from a law review article entitled Against Cyberlaw: “The steam engine . . . probably transformed American law, but the ‘law of the steam engine’ never existed.”  This reminded me of Prof. Lessig’s rebuttal of Judge Easterbrook’s quote that “there was no more a law of cyberspace than there was a law of the horse.”

 

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