Internet and the Law
Technology, Society, and Compromises, 2nd Edition
by Aaron Schwabach
January 2014, 352pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-349-3
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In 2011, Middle East revolutions demonstrated the power of social media.

The world of Internet law is constantly changing and is difficult to follow, even for those for whom doing so is a full-time job. This updated, everything-you-need-to-know reference removes the uncertainty.

Internet and the Law: Technology, Society, and Compromises, Second Edition is the go-to source for anyone who needs clear explanations of complex legal concepts related to online practices and content. This wide-ranging, alphabetical reference explores diverse areas of law, including territorial jurisdiction and taxation, that are relevant to or affected by advances in information technology and the rise of the Internet. Particular emphasis is placed on intellectual property law and laws regarding freedom of expression. The Internet, as this book shows, raises questions not only about how to protect intellectual creations, but about what should be protected. Entries also discuss how the Web has brought First Amendment rights and free expression into question as society grapples with attempts to control “leaks” and to restrict content such as pornography, spam, defamation, and criminal speech.


  • Explains complex legal and technical concepts clearly and understandably through entries that range from 500 to 5,000 words
  • Covers a wide range of topics, including censorship, copyright, domain name disputes, file-sharing, hacking, patents, spam, malware, international law, tax issues, trademarks, and viruses
  • Features an introductory guide to the U.S. legal system, including how to find, read, and understand sources of law
  • Includes cases, statutes, and international treaties relevant to the law of information technology and the Internet
Aaron Schwabach is professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, CA. His published works include the ABC-CLIO books Intellectual Property: A Reference Handbook and International Environmental Disputes: A Reference Handbook. He is also the author of Fan Fiction and Copyright: Outsider Works and Intellectual Property Protection, as well as numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and other works covering a range of subjects. Schwabach is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.


"Like the best reference tools, what this book has to offer is quality control. . . . Recommended."—Choice, May 30, 2014

"An excellent reference tool and college-level go-to with no need for users to have in-depth legal knowledge."—Library Journal, April 1, 2014

"This work will be of use to researchers, students, and those with an interest in technology, law, and the Internet."—ARBA, April 1, 2014
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