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Cyberlaw & Information Policy Resources

Resources used in Prof. Callister's Cyberlaw Course

What is Cyberlaw?

Cyberlaw applies and challenges traditional legal concepts and principles in the context of the cyberspace.There are two basic view points. The first, exceptionalism, believes that traditional rules and principles of law in physical space do not work in cyberspace. The second, unexceptionalism, believes that traditional rules and principles can and should be applied to cyberspace.

A correlary issue is whether a behavioral model recognizing several modalities (Lessig's model illustrated top center column) affects the behavior in cyberspace or whether a market based/economic model should prevail (Judge Easterbrook's model, illustrated bottom center column).


Models of Cyberlaw


Illustration Lawrence Lessig's Model of the Modalities Affecting Behavior in Cyberspace (Law, Architecture, Norms, and Markets

Above illustration made from Lawrence Lessig, The Law of the Horse: What Cyberlaw Might Teach, 113 Harv. Law Rev. 501 (1999)

Judge Easterbook's economic model of how cyberspace should be regulated--laws schould define detterents, rights, and the marketplace, which should facilitate an optimal bargain

Frank H. Eastbrook, Cyberspace and the Law of the Horse, 1996. U. Chicago Legal F. 207 (requires subscription to Hein Online, also available on JStore, Westlaw, and Lexis/Nexis).

Important Research Sites

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