The Laws of Disruption

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-13
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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While digital life races ahead, the rest of our life, from law to business, struggles to keep up. Business strategists, lawyers, judges, regulators, and consumers have all been left behind, scratching their heads, frantically trying to figure out what they can and canrs"t do. Some want to bring innovation to a standstill (or at least to slow it down) through lawsuits and regulation so they can catch their breath. Others forge madly ahead, legal consequences be damned. InThe Laws of Disruption, Larry Downes, author of the best-sellingUnleashing the Killer App, provides an invaluable guide for these confusing times, exploring nine critical areas in which technology is dramatically rewriting the rules of business and life. The Laws of Disruptionwill help business owners and managers understand not only how to avoid being blindsided by customer rebellion, but also how to benefit from it. It will teach lawyers, judges, and regulators when to keep their hands off the system and it will show consumers the consequences of their digital actions. In the gap created by the Law of Disruption, golden opportunities await those who move quickly.

Author Biography

Larry Downes is a noted expert on law and technology and has taught law students, engineers, and business executives at leading universities. Downes writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review and USA, and, since 2004, has been a featured columnist for CIO Insight. He is currently a fellow at the Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Digital Life
Digital Life-Understanding Second-Order Effectsp. 9
The Weird Economics of Information-Non-rivalrous Goods and the Problem-of Transaction Costsp. 25
Private Life
Convergence-When Worlds Collidep. 45
Personal Information-From Privacy to Proprietyp. 67
Human Rights-Social Contracts in Digital Lifep. 91
Public Life
Infrastructure-Rules of the Road on the Information Highwayp. 119
Business-All Regulation Is Localp. 143
Crime-Public Wrongs, Private Remediesp. 167
Information Life
Copyright-Reset the Balance
Patent-Virtual Machines Need Virtual Lubricantsp. 221
Software-Open Always Wins Eventuallyp. 245
Conclusion-Lessons Learnedp. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 285
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