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By Lawrence Lessig

Countering the typical trust that our on-line world can't be regulated, Lessig (Harvard legislations tuition) argues that if something, trade is forging the web right into a hugely regulated area. yet neither course is inevitable; it's as much as electorate to come to a decision what values and trade-offs of regulate and software program code is to include.

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He wrote stories, and as quickly as he finished them he published them—to some thirty million computers across 0465039146-01 12/5/06 12:27 AM Page 19 four puzzles from cyberspace 19 the world within a few days. His potential audience was larger than twice that for the top fifteen best-selling novels combined, and though he made nothing from his work, the demand for it was high. Jake had discovered a way to mainline his depravity into the veins of a public for whom this stuff was otherwise quite difficult to find.

0465039146-01 12/5/06 12:27 AM Page 25 four puzzles from cyberspace 25 Latent Ambiguity The worm tells a different story still. Though it is a technology for searching, the worm’s function differs from “searching” in real space. 23 The worm erases those costs: The burden is gone, the search is (practically) invisible, and the searching technology is programmed to find only what is illegal. This raises a question about how such a search should, under the Constitution, be understood. A fair view of the Constitution’s protections could go in either of two ways.

In fact, Jake is not just a famous 0465039146-01 12/5/06 12:27 AM Page 17 four puzzles from cyberspace 17 author, he was also a character in his own stories. But who he was in his stories was quite different from who he was in “real” life—if, that is, after reading his stories you still thought this distinction between “real life” and “not real life” made much sense. Jake wrote stories about violence—about sex as well, but mainly about violence. They seethed with hatred, especially of women. It wasn’t enough to rape a woman, she had to be killed.

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