In a recent attempt to discard some bulky physical books from my library, I presumed I could safely dismiss some continuing legal education seminar books obtained early in my legal career.  One of the targets was the Practicing Law Institute’s course book from the 20th Annual Institute on Computer Law, which I attended in early 2000.

Upon a scan of the table of contents, I was surprised at how relevant some of the topics still are.  Here are some of the major chapter titles:

  • Protecting Trademarks in Cyberspace
  • International Electronic Commerce with the European Union
  • Streaming into the Future:  Music and Video Online
  • Ethics and Privacy Issues on the Internet

The presence of these materials in this “old” book spoke two things:  (a) the Internet is well-established and not going anywhere (in case you were beginning to have doubts); yet (b) some of the primary issues in Internet law are still somewhat nascent and unsettled.

True, we are no longer in fear of Y2K issues debilitating our e-commerce infrastructure, but so many critical issues of cyberlaw rights and obligations, and of Internet freedom vs. regulation, remain early in their evolution.

We have come a long way, but have we?

We can discuss it after I read about 80 pages of this book to freshen up my understanding; it’s not ready for recycling yet.

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