Law in a Digital World
This book is about how the legal profession has been and will be revolutionized by technological change. Throughout, Katch considers what kinds of law-related interactions are becoming possible in the new electronic era, and how legal interactions (e.g. contracts, copyright) are being changed.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 160.5 x 241.6 x 25.9mm | 641.97g
- 17 Aug 1995
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- line drawings
'a useful and sometimes fascinating overview of the implications of information technology for legal institutions.' * International Journal of Law and Information Technology *
Back cover copy
In Law in a Digital World, M. Ethan Katsh explores how these new technologies will alter one of our most central institutions. He considers the different ways in which people will not only electronically read and write, but also interact with our vast storehouses of legal knowledge and information. He envisions how sounds and pictures will play into the largely imageless print world of law, and looks at the future importance of graphic and non-textual communication. He explores how the flexible, personalized organization of data will transform the way we gather information, and whether information can or cannot be contained, raising questions of copyright and privacy. What happens to the law when information is more plentiful and accessible? What happens to those people who suddenly have access to information never before available? Does the use of information in a new form change the institution, the user, and those who come in contact with the user? And, what role does the lawyer play in all of this? For citizens, for lawyers, for all those who will be part of the digital world rushing toward us, Katsh answers these questions while considering the implications of this new era.
About M.Ethan Katsh
M. Ethan Katsh is a Professor of Law and Acting Chair of the Department of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.