Here is a list of five papers which I find most helpful in my current Internet law research. All of them are currently available online for free without subscription to academic databases.
On this occasion let me also say thank you to each author of the papers listed, without you my research would definitely lack something.
5. Tim O'Reilly. What Is Web 2.0. Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software. The only point which explains why a landmark paper by an Internet culture guru is placed here is that it does not directly address legal issues. However, a lawyer should have a general overview of current technology which gives rise to various legal issues. This paper serves this aim well.
4. Carlisle George, Jackie Scerri. Web 2.0 and User-Generated Content: Legal Challenges In the New Frontier. In a sence, this paper transfers the overview given by Tim O'Reilly to legal landscape. The authors identify user-generated content (UGC) as the main feature affecting legal regulation of Web 2.0 and provide a concise account of associated legal issues and limitations preventing straightforward application of laws.
3. Kurt Wimmer, Eve R. Pogoriler. International Jurisdiction and the Internet. Jurisdiction can be identified as another key problem of Internet, along with UGC, which does not have a ready solution. This paper contains decent references to and analysis of case law on Internet jurisdiction. Unlike many others, its authors show difference between legislative, judiciary and executive jurisdiction.
2. Michael L. Rustad, Diane D'Angelo. The Path of Internet Law: An Annotated Guide to Legal Landmarks. I would call this paper a 'must have' for any Internet law related research without hesitation. It consists of 73 pages tightly packed with precise and verifiable information. This paper gives basic yet strong knowledge of the history of Internet itself, case law on the topic, and Internet law research. Many phrases crave to be cited.
1. Lawrence Lessig. The Law of the Horse: What Cyberlaw Might Teach. Although published in 1999, this paper, delivered by a person who might rightfully claim the title of Internet law (or cyberlaw) founder, is of vital significance today. It addresses the most general, yet the most important issues of Internet law. The 'architectural' approach to regulation of the Internet is probably something which is missed in many modern jurisdictions.
I would be delighted if you find this list useful. Feel free to stop by and leave a comment.