What Things Regulate Speech

57 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 1997

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Lawrence Lessig

Harvard Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Date Written: September 1997


We come from a tradition of free speech law that thinks primarily about how government regulates speech. We are entering a time when the greatest threat to free speech is no longer government. This essay sketches a more generl model for thinking about speech regulation, and applies it to the problem of filtering speech on the net. Some ranting against PICS, and the CDA also included.

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Lessig, Lawrence, What Things Regulate Speech (September 1997). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=33067 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.33067

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