CYBERLAW RESEARCH GUIDE
This Guide attempts to provide a variety of information sources for a rapidly evolving area of law. "Cyberlaw", for the purposes of this Guide, is the body of law/legal issues surrounding the "online" environment.
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The Library holds a wide variety of books on cyberlaw issues. A small selection is set out below.
Because of the speed with which this topic changes it is suggested that you also search the Law School's Catalog to find books which might be more current or more specific than those listed below.
Baumer, David, J.C. Poindexter. Cyberlaw and e-commerce. Boston : McGraw-Hill, 2002. [KF888 .B33 2002]
Bellia, Patricia L., Paul Schiff Berman, David G. Post. Cyberlaw : problems of policy and jurisprudence in the information age. St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, 2004. [Law Reserve, KF390.5.C6 B44 2004]
Bowrey, Kathy. Law and internet cultures. Cambridge, UK ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press, 2005. [Law Reserve New Books Case, KF390.5.C6 B599 2005]
Callens, Stefaan, gen. ed. E-health and the law. London ; New York : Kluwer Law International and International Bar Association ; Frederick, MD : Sold and distributed in North, Central and South America by Aspen Publishers, 2003. [K3601.A6 E19 2003]
Canton, David R. and John E. Millar. Legal landmines in e-commerce. Boston : McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2003. [KF889 .C365 2003]
Clifford, Ralph D. Cybercrime : the investigation, prosecution, and defense of a computer-related crime. Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, 2001. [KF390.5.C6 C934 2001]
Creech, Kenneth. Electronic media law and regulation. Oxford ; Boston : Focal Press, 2003. [KF2805 .C74 2003]
Delta, George B., Jeffrey H. Matsuura. Law of the Internet. New York : Aspen Law & Business, 2002. [KF390.5.C6 D45 2002]
Dratler, Jay Jr. Cyberlaw : intellectual property in the digital millennium. New York : Law Journal Press, 2000. [KF2979 .D695 2000]
Girasa, Roy J. Cyberlaw : national and international perspectives. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Prentice Hall, 2002. [KF390.5.C6 G57 2002]
Godwin, Mike. Cyber rights : defending free speech in the digital age. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2003. [KF4772 .G63 2003]
Helewitz, Jeffrey A., consulting ed. Cyberlaw : legal principles of emerging technologies. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005. [KF390.5.C6 C927 2005]
Klotz, Robert J. The politics of Internet communication. Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2004. [Sawyer, HM851 .K57 2004]
Kolbert, Kathryn, Zak Mettger. Censoring the Web. New York : New Press, 2001. [KF4775 .K65 2001]
Kono, Toshiyuki, Christoph G. Paulus, Harry Rajak. Selected legal issues of e-commerce. The Hague ; New York : Kluwer Law International, 2002. [K564.C6 S45 2002]
Loundy, David J. Computer crime, information warfare, and economic espionage. Durham, N.C. : Carolina Academic Press, 2003. [KF390.5.C6 L68 2003]
Miller, Roger LeRoy, Gaylord A. Jentz. Economics and e-commerce : the online legal environment. Cincinnati, OH: West/Thomson Learning, 2002. [KF889.3 .M527 2002]
National Research Council: Committee on Authentication Technologies and Their Privacy Implications, Stephen T. Kent and Lynette I. Millett, eds. Who goes there? : authentication through the lens of privacy. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 2003. [KF390.5.C6 W49 2003]
Nimmer, Raymond T. The Law of Computer Technology: Rights, Licenses, Liabilities. Boston, MA.: Warren Gorham Lamont, 1992. [KF390.5 .C6 N562 1992]
Poynder, Richard, Ed. Caught in a Web : intellectual property in cyberspace. London : Derwent/Thomson Scientific, 2001. [KF3095 .P69 2001]
Rule, Colin. Online dispute resolution for business : B2B, e-commerce, consumer, employment, insurance, and other commercial conflicts. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, 2002. [K2400 .R847 2002]
Smith, Graham J.H., ed. Internet law and regulation. London : Sweet & Maxwell, 2002. [KD 667 .C65 I57 2002]
Spindler, Gerald, Fritjof Borner. E-commerce law in Europe and the USA. Berlin; New York : Springer, 2002. [K564.C6 E2 2002]
Spinello, Richard A. Regulating cyberspace [electronic resource] : the policies and technologies of control. Westport, Conn. : Quorum Books, 2002.
Thierer, Adam, Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr. Who rules the net? : Internet governance and jurisdiction. Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, 2003. [K564.C6 W48 2003]
Trope, Roland L., Gregory E. Upchurch. Checkpoints in cyberspace : best practices to avert liability in cross-border transactions. Chicago : American Bar Association, 2004. [KF889 .T76 2004]
Barber, Steven J. and Christopher Gibson, Gen. eds., Dennis Campbell, ed. Online service providers : international law & regulation. Dobbs Ferry, NY : Oceana Publications, 2003-. [K564.C6 O55]
Internet law and practice. St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, 2002-. [KF390.5.C6 I61]
Citations to articles about cyberlaw can be found by searching on, among others, Westlaw's LRI or TP-ALL databases, Lexis's LAWREV;ALLREV or LAWREV;ILP databases, the LegalTrac CD-ROM, or in the paper version of the Index to Legal Periodicals which can be found in the Reference Collection.
Many of these Periodicals can also be accessed on the Internet in either abstract or full text format. See:
The Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology
A "[j]ournal of legal scholarship relating to the development of law as it relates to science and technology."
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
This student-run law journal focuses on "the dynamic fields of intellectual property, high-tech, and biotech."
Boston University Journal of Science and Technology Law
The most recent issue is not particularly current on this site, but the archives are very complete, and it is a useful site.
Columbia Science and Technology Law Review
All articles, including archives, are available in either PDF or text form.
Published by students at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, this biannual journal aims "to publish thoughtful, timely, and useful articles that discuss recent developments in communications law and policy."
Computer Law Review & Technology Journal
Duke Law & Technology Review
One of the easier journals to browse through, courtesy of the subject category links, including e-commerce and cybercrime. Also includes links to a Blog and to other (mostly internal to Duke) sites of interest.
Federal Communications Law Journal
Federal Communication Law Journal, published by Indiana University law students, is the official journal for the Federal Communications Bar Association, so it often features articles and essays by commissioners in the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") as well as members of Congress.
Harvard Journal of Law & Technology
All articles from the magazine are currently available online in PDF format.
Information and Communications Technology Law
Contents pages are available online from 1996; contents and abstracts available from 2000.
Intellectual Property and Technology Forum at Boston College Law School
International Journal of Law and Information Technology
Although it is an online publication, it is called a "forum" to emphasize the discursive nature of the internet medium, and "employs cutting-edge technology unique to networked publishing to supplement and expand upon the offerings of traditional legal journals."
Published by Oxford University, this journal offers a European perspective on issues of international relevance.
John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law
"[A]n international law review dedicated to current issues in information technology and privacy law."
The Journal of High Technology Law at Suffolk University School of Law
Excellent resource, particularly the extensive and well-organized collection of links. Also a very strong archive.
Journal of Information, Law & Technology
Published by the University of Warwick in England, JILT aims to offer a high quality journal while using the qualities of the internet to stimulate conversation and to allow users to easily reference other sources.
Journal of Technology Law & Policy at the Levin College of Law of the University of Florida
Focuses on "relevant technology issues, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, antitrust, information privacy, and computer law"; offers both hardbound and online print.
Journal of Technology Law and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh
Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology
Combined journal of the American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law and the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.
Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
One of the first law journals to use interactive media to promote informed discourse about the interrelated legal, social, business, and public policy issues raised by emerging technologies.
Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology
Unusual composition of sources--rather than being exclusively a law review, this is a "multidisciplinary journal with a focus on law, health, the sciences, and bioethics," " overseen and managed by the University's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences."
North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology
Published online and hardbound, the current issue and the archives are all accessible to the public.
Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property
The journal "addresses subjects relating to law at the intersection of technology and intellectual property, including law and biotechnology, copyrights, the Internet, media, patents, telecommunications, and trademarks," and capitalizes on the speed with which news can be addressed through its online format.
Oklahoma Journal of Law & Technology
Oklahoma's first exclusively online journal, it includes helpful categories of articles, and uses the internet for its speed in publication and for its ability to link to reference sources.
Richmond Journal of Law & Technology
"The first exclusively online law review" "focuses on the impact that computer-related and other emerging technologies have on the law," and uses the online publishing format to reach a wider readership than would have been available through traditional media. Noteworthy links page features four categories of search engine, as well as extensive and well-organized links.
Rutgers Computer & Technology Law Journal
"[T]he oldest and longest running computer law periodical in the academic world." Archives are on Lexis, Westlaw, Hein Online, and in paper at the Suffolk University Law Library.
Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal
Founded in 1984, this is one of the more established journals in the field. This journal is also available on paper at the Suffolk University Law Library.
Stanford Technology Law Review
Multidisciplinary journal featuring a distinctive information presentation, where abstracts, divided into the fields of articles and perspectives, link to more information and the full-text version of the article.
Tolley's Communications Law
Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property
"[A]n independent student-run journal devoted to specific legal challenges presented by advancing technology, in fields such as constitutional law, intellectual property, privacy, contracts, and torts, and to the broader implications of such technology for our society."
UCLA Journal of Law & Technology
A very active journal, the site includes links to the career fair that UCLA JOLT puts on, as well as a strong set of links to various news resources and current and archive articles.
University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy
While a password is required to view the full text of articles on this site, the abstracts are available for public perusal.
Virginia Journal of Law and Technology
This exclusively online journal was "established in 1996 by students who sought to enhance the focus at the Law School on issues arising from the intersection of law and technology."
Freed. of Express.
ABA Cyberspace Law Committee
Part of the Section of Business Law, the Committee on Cyberspace Law provides a forum for analysis of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues related to the internet and digital technologies.
- The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School
- "The Berkman Center is a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development," and offers a wide scope of information and resources, including a monthly newsletter, The Filter.
- Bitlaw: A Resource on Technology Law
- A very clear resource explaining the law in the Internet Law field, with sections for website development, ISP liability, trademarks on the internet, domain name disputes, and web page linking and legal liability.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Main page includes selected speeches and articles; the page's most useful resource is the Internet Jurisdiction Hyperlink Guide.
- Court TV Online: Technology and Computers
- Selected court opinions, memorandum decisions, complaints, etc., having to do with computer and technology issues.
- The Cyberlaw Encyclopedia
- Put together by two Canadian attorneys, this site provides links by subject to essays, articles, legislation, cases and other resources. Updated in a timely fashion.
- Hieros Gamos: Guide to Technology and Cyberlaw
- Hieros Gamos provides this guide with links to commentary, selected laws, regulations and cases.
- Internet/ Cyberlaw Resource and Intellectual Property Information
- Guides and links from Suffolk Law Prof. Andrew Beckerman-Rodau.
- The new name of the Computer Law Association (CLA), founded in 1971 as "the world’s leading technology law professional society," is an international non-profit association of over 1820 active members in 40 countries. The site includes publications, materials and links on computer law as well as case summaries of computer cases in the US Courts.
- Penn Law: Law, Technology & Communications
- Excellent resource, featuring institutes and centers, news and blog links, and information sorted by subject area.
- Stanford Center for Internet and Society
- Links to the Center's active caseload, conferences, and discoveries, as well as the blog featured below and a newsletter, Packets, available online.
UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy
- A good overall source for cyberlaw information. Covers a wide variety of issues, for which it provides access to bibliographies, articles, cases, laws, etc. Updated regularly.
- World LII: Cyberspace
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
This group, a public/private cooperation, aims to govern the domain name system "so that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses," and settles disputes over these names in the process.
Copyright Internet Resources
This page is from the U.S. Copyright Office. It contains links to IP related government agencies and international organizations.
Electronic Privacy Information Center
- This site is a very comprehensive look at privacy issues on the Web. Updated regularly, it provides news, legislation, articles and links to related sites dealing with things such as cryptography and security.
- MIT's PGP (Pretty Good Protection) site
- This site provides a FAQ on encryption as well as a bibliography and links to other PGP pages.
Freedom of Expression
ACLU's Techology & Liberty site
- Provides newsy updates of pending legislation, ACLU reports, as well as case updates and selected case documents.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- "Protecting rights, promoting freedom". This site provides legislative updates and general types of current awareness material. News updated regularly while the bulk of the essays tend to be a bit older.
- Educational non profit dedicated to raising awareness of and promoting participation in federal initiatives that impact the Internet; a resource where visitors can learn about federal laws, their implications, and how courts have interpreted them. The project seeks to provide timely notice of regulatory proceedings, hearings, meeting, and legislative proposals, and means for viewers to participate in the governmental process.
Cyberspace Law Center: Cyber Crimes
Because cyberspace is constantly changing, it is difficult to pin down one comprehensive source on the Internet for "cyberlaw" legislation. Laws are being promulgated almost daily which will effect the way that people interact world-wide on the Net. When searching the Web for legislation always consider the source and the currency of the information you find.
The Federal Communications Commission
Includes news releases, public orders, statements by members of the Commission, e-filing, and other telecom business.
Government Printing Office--All Government Documents Available Allows searching by keyword or subject; all documents, including statutes and acts, are available.
U.S. House of Representatives Internet Library
ABA Cyberspace Law Committee Blog
An entertaining (unofficial and unsanctioned) personal-style blog--with pictures, as well as links to news sources and information about the committee's activities.
A blog focused on "[t]he digital world, its impact and legal framework."
The Digital Music Weblog
With the memorable tagline, "Don't be an MP3 Player-Hater," the site is appealing and narrowly targeted.
Gahtan's Technology and Internet Law Blog
Self-described as " Law, Technology, VOIP, Wireless, Security and the Internet".
A Harvard-based blawg addressing "information law"--that is, both the content (information) conveyed, and the medium (internet) that conveys it. Excellent subject area links, including: Internet and Society, Encryption, Security, Network Neutrality, Spam, Privacy, and VoIP.
This blog sums itself up as, "Things as they ought to be. Mainly in connection to cyberlaw, libraries, and higher education. But I'm not fussy," reflecting the humor and casual (subjective) attitude of the site.
Covers all sorts of internet-related topics, including blogging, digital music, open code, journalism, and more. Broad scope, youthful style and opinions.
Open Net Initiative
Technology and Marketing Law Blog by Eric Goldman
Includes helpful recaps and reactions to recent cases--frequently updated, with helpful links to primary sources.
Wired Magazine News
If you would find it in Wired Magazine, it's here, from reviews of the latest cars to the outcry over the latest video game, to surgery simulation software.
If you have a site that you would like to see added to this list,
or notice that a current link is no longer valid,
please email Rick Buckingham, Reference Librarian.
Last updated October 29, 2007
Compilation of sources and web design by Amy Jordan and Rebeka Fortess, reference interns.