The Problem of Perspective in Internet Law

50 Pages Posted: 18 May 2002 Last revised: 13 Jul 2015

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Orin S. Kerr

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Abstract

This article shows how many disputes within Internet law are rooted in a common problem, the problem of perspective. Whenever we apply law to the Internet, we must first choose a perspective from which to model the facts of the Internet. Do we follow reality or virtual reality? We can adopt a user's internal perspective, and view the Internet as the virtual world of cyberspace, or else we can adopt an external perspective and view the Internet as a physical network. The article explains how the problem of perspective pervades the law of the Internet, and offers several strategies that courts can use to select a perspective in a given case.

Keywords: Internet, cyberspace, cyberlaw, Fourth Amendment

JEL Classification: k14, k30

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Orin S., The Problem of Perspective in Internet Law. 91 Georgetown Law Journal 357 (2003).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=310020 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.310020

Orin S. Kerr (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley School of Law ( email )

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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