Each fall I informally survey my media law colleagues and former Ph.D. students in search of great, new books to assign for my Internet law class. The class is a mix of UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication undergraduates who already have completed a basic media law class and graduate students. I’m looking for books that are focused on law and policy issues and that are enjoyable to read. The latter criterion is important because I’m trying to show students how much fun it can be to study law, especially Internet law.
These are the books reported in this fall’s survey that might fit my criteria, although I haven’t yet looked at them closely enough to assess whether they will be enjoyable to read.
- Hector Postigo, The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright (2012).
- Robert Levine, Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back (2012).
- Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola, Creative License: The Law and Culture of Digital Sampling (2011).
- Rebecca MacKinnon, Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom (2012).
This is a book that was suggested that sounds good but probably doesn’t have enough law for my purposes:
- Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social Operating System (2012).
These are the books I assigned last year:
- Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu, Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (2006). (This is getting dated but provides valuable background on a number of issues.)
- Lawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity (2004). (When my student read this they begin to get excited about studying law.)
- Daniel J. Solove, The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet (2007).
- Siva Vaidhyanathan, The Googlization of Everything (2011).
I also have used these books in the past, with good results:
- Dawn C. Nunziato, Virtual Freedom: Net Neutrality and Free Speech in the Internet Age (2009).
- Lawrence Lessig, Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (2008).
Does anyone have any additional suggestions? Any comments on these books? Thanks!