Computer Crime Law (Introduction)

Computer Crime Law (4th Ed. 2018), West Academic Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-63459-899-6

41 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2018

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Orin S. Kerr

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

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Date Written: March 30, 2018


The book covers every aspect of crime in the digital age. Topics range from computer fraud laws and international computer crimes to Internet surveillance laws and the Fourth Amendment. It is part traditional casebook, part treatise. It both explains the law and presents many new and important questions of law that courts are only now beginning to consider. The book is suited either for a 3-credit course or a 2-credit seminar. It will appeal both to criminal law and procedure professors and those interested in cyberlaw or law and technology. No advanced knowledge of computers and the Internet is required or assumed.

The fourth edition of Kerr’s popular computer crime law text includes many updates since the third edition in 2012. New cases and materials address topics such as encryption, the computer hacking laws, Internet surveillance, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, hacking back, drafting computer warrants, the All Writs Act, the law of accessing foreign-stored e-mail, and the international application of the Fourth Amendment. The chapter on the Fourth Amendment has been substantially rewritten and reorganized to reflect the increasing integration of the Internet to computer search and seizure law.

Note: This is an excerpt from a law school casebook, Orin Kerr's Computer Crime Law (4th Ed 2018). It includes the Preface, Table of Contents, and pages 1-30 of the main text. It is posted with the permission of West Academic Publishing.

Keywords: Computer Crime, CFAA, Fourth Amendment, Cyberlaw, ECPA

JEL Classification: K1, K42

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Orin S., Computer Crime Law (Introduction) (March 30, 2018). Computer Crime Law (4th Ed. 2018), West Academic Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-63459-899-6, Available at SSRN: or

Orin S. Kerr (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley School of Law ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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