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Godwin is a natural teacher, carefully describing each event and explaining the issues surrounding it. Unlike many writers, he shows that he thoroughly understands the arguments for restricting speech. He then methodically takes the arguments apart, covering what is normally boring legal theory and explaining it in a lively manner so that readers are drawn into the story.
This book differs from other books on the topic in two ways: it's entertaining and it's a personal account. It's obvious that Godwin enjoys telling his stories, and he passes his enthusiasm on to readers. Readers also get a sense of Godwin's personal involvement as he describes his role in exposing the erroneous study that was the basis of Time magazine's "cyberporn" scare. In his chapter on the court decision that overturned the Communications Decency Act of 1996, it's clear that Godwin's work for the EFF is not just his job, but his passion. --Elizabeth Lewis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Cyber Rights" provides a real insider's view aboutthe early development of Internet law in the United States, focusingon free speech, privacy and copyright issues, among... Read morePublished on February 3, 2000 by Doug Isenberg of GigaLaw.com
This is the book that picks up where Bruce Sterling's "The Hacker Crackdown" leaves off. Lots of talk about law and philosophy, but wrapped in a series of very human... Read morePublished on April 4, 1999
What I liked was Godwin's willingness to invest some of his own passionate belief into his accounts of the principles and cases he discusses. Read morePublished on April 3, 1999
As Students from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison, we reviewed this book based upon electronic information rights. Read morePublished on March 30, 1999
I was surprised at how accessible a book this was. Although I'm familiar with cyberspace issues, I found even the handling of the issues I know to be informative and insightful. Read morePublished on February 15, 1999