Napster's Second Life: The regulatory challenges of virtual worlds
Imagine a world with millions of people communicating and transacting,
a world just like ours except that it is made entirely of bits, not atoms.
Ten years ago, Internet pioneer and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry
Barlow imagined such a radical world—cyberspace. He saw people interacting
without the constraints of national rules. They would be independent
from regulatory fiat and unbound by the mandates of Washington, Paris,
London, Berlin or Beijing. His vision relied on information traveling over a
global network at lightning speed, with content living off server farms in
nations with little regulation, weak enforcement, or both. In this world of
global regulatory arbitrage, organisations could relocate their servers to jurisdictional safe havens overnight. (...)Northwestern University Law Review
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