Introduction: Cyberspace as a Product of Public-Private Censorship
Cyberspace networks the globe. Its “bright lattices of logic” simulate and transcend the world in a “cage of neon” (Gibson, 1984, 5–10). Yet attempts to restrict it are at the center of some of the key legal battles of our time. Copyright owners seek to impose copyright filters on YouTube, possibly censoring thousands of channels and millions of videos in a way that television has never been regulated (Viacom, 2012). Trademark owners’ complaints shape the content of eBay and other online shopping sites, and copyright holders have shut down some software services using arguably antiquated notions of “encouraging” illegality (Tiffany, 2010, 104). The American Civil Liberties Union has warned that patents are being issued by the U.S. government for inventions implicating methods of speech or thought implemented by computer (ACLU, 2008).
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Hannibal Travis, Introduction: Cyberspace as a Product of Public-Private Censorship, in CYBERSPACE LAW : CENSORSHIP AND REGULATION OF THE INTERNET, (Hannibal Travis ed., 2013).