The Structure of Search Engine Law

64 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2007


Search engines are the new linchpins of the Internet, and a new body of law - search engine law - will increasingly determine the shape of the Internet. Making sensible search policy requires a clear understanding of how search works, what interests are at stake, and what legal questions intersect at search. This article offers the first comprehensive overview of search engine law, which it organizes into a systematic taxonomy. It then demonstrates the dense legal interrelationships created by search by discussing a series of important themes in search engine law, each of which cuts across many doctrinal areas.

Keywords: Internet, search engines, search engine law, Google

Suggested Citation

Grimmelmann, James and Grimmelmann, James, The Structure of Search Engine Law. Iowa Law Review, Vol. 93, No. 1, 2007, NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06/07-23, Available at SSRN:

James Grimmelmann (Contact Author)

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Cornell University
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