Women in the Web of Secondary Copyright Liability and Internet Filtering

59 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2005

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Ann Bartow

Franklin Pierce Center for IP at UNH Law


This Essay suggests possible explanations for why there is not very much legal scholarship devoted to gender issues on the Internet; and it asserts that there is a powerful need for Internet legal theorists and activists to pay substantially more attention to the gender-based differences in communicative style and substance that have been imported from real space to cyberspace. Information portals, such as libraries and web logs, are "gendered" in ways that may not be facially apparent. Women are creating and experiencing social solidarity online in ways that male scholars and commentators do not seem to either recognize or deem important. Internet specific content restrictions for the purposes of "protecting copyrights" and "protecting children" jeopardize online freedoms for women in diverse ways, and sometimes for different reasons than they do for men. Disparities in the ways women and men use, experience and communicate over the Internet need to be recognized, studied, and accommodated by those who would theorize cyberspace law and advocate directions for its evolution.

Keywords: Women, gender, feminist, feminism, web log, blog, copyright, secondary liability, internet, cyberspace, censorship, filtering, communications

JEL Classification: K1, K2, K3, K4

Suggested Citation

Bartow, Ann, Women in the Web of Secondary Copyright Liability and Internet Filtering. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=755724

Ann Bartow (Contact Author)

Franklin Pierce Center for IP at UNH Law ( email )

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