Tag Archives: Law

The Punk Test

Predicting the results of important technology, copyright and patent cases is almost impossible. Experts who are intimately familiar with the subject matter and precedents are only slightly better than a coin toss at guessing outcomes. Even cases which seem simple … Continue reading

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The trial of the Pirate Bay came into public awareness in early-to-mid 2008, when the site’s administrators were charged with promoting copyright infringement. Even though the entire trial was centered around the evidence that 21 music files, nine movies and … Continue reading

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Writing Law Like We Write Code

As I, and others, have remarked before: laws bear certain resemblances to computer code. A state’s constitution is like the operating system for that country. We have different types of government: democracy, monarchy, &c, just as we have different operating … Continue reading

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Legal Code

In Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, followed by Code v2, Lawrence Lessig suggests that legal code is something like computer code: laws regulate behaviour the same way that software programs a computer. In our society, we’ve developed structures pursuant … Continue reading

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