Cyberlaw

Cyberlaw: The Law of the Internet and Information Technology by Brian Craig is a comprehensive overview of how a variety of legal situations apply to the Internet. It came out in 2013 so it's fairly up to date with current events. The book covers a wide range of topics from sexting to ebay purchases gone bad, from privacy in email to spam issues.

A variety of interesting cases are presented for readers to ponder. The book goes into MGM vs Grokster, to discuss the issues in sharing copyrighted content such as movies. It looks at Tiffany vs eBay - should eBay be liable if miscreant users are listing fake goods on its system? Even if eBay does everything it can to prevent it?

I realize any book on law is going to be a bit confusing. However, there were sections of the book that seemed unnecessarily dense. Several fellow students had trouble following along and in a few cases they even got the details fully backwards. The book could use a bit more work in untangling those areas so that the concept is clearer. As it was, I would have to "re-explain" the content in a simpler way for them to see what the concept actually was.

On the positive side, the material is quite fascinating. Our class had lively discussions over the issues and cases brought up. Many people use eBay, Craigslist, and other similar online sites. The idea of how one could or could not be legally pursued as a result of those situations was thought-provoking. So in that sense, if the book was a bit easier to read, it would be good reading for just about anyone who uses the internet, not just someone taking a college class in this topic.

So in general, well recommended. There's a lot of great, useful content in here for anybody who uses the internet to make purchases or post information. Still, I would hope that a subsequent version would work through the dense areas to make them clearer.

I purchased this book with my own funds in order to take a college course.

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