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July 19, 2004

The Morality of Code

Posted by Ernest Miller

James Grimmelmann of LawMeme does some genetic splicing between legal philosoper Lon Fuller's The Morality of Law and Larry Lessig's Code (The Morality of Software):

Fuller states eight conditions that laws must satisfy to be worthy of being called "law;" I'll follow that organization in comparing software and law. Following Lessig, I'll only be thinking about software in its ability directly to control behavior: I'm online, and I try to do something, and either the software goes ahead and does it or doesn't do it, thereby "prohibiting" me from something I'd otherwise have chosen.
Good stuff.

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1. Mary Christ on October 29, 2004 10:25 PM writes...

I am currently working on my Ph.D. in applied management and decision sciences. I am working on the morality issues concerning copyright infringement, specifically DVDs etc. I was directed here by a google search. Any interesting comments or tips can be e-mailed to me.


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