Code: Version 2.0 Summary

The SQUEEZE: In Code: Version 2.0, Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford law professor, suggests that governments have broader regulatory powers over the Internet. Lessig’s book represents a response to the notion that state governments don’t believe they can regulate cyberspace or the Internet. The book supports his original argument that government regulation of the Internet is imminent and the Internet, in general, will eventually evolve into a regulated instrument. Under regulation, cyberspace will become tightly-controlled than its counterpart. Lessig intimates that it is the code that will become the significant form of law. It is within this context where lawyers and policymakers will decide the value of the code and its impact commercially. Code: Version 2.0 is a must-read for software programmers and policymakers.

Notable Endorsement: “This is a gutsy travelogue adventure from a guy who shoots straight from the hip, and it really hits the mark.” -- David Siegfried, American Library Association.

Common Q’s Answered by this Book:

  • What regulatory powers will have a permanent impact upon cyberspace?
  • What are the levels of code that will impact potential legislation?
  • How will a regulated cyberspace impact global business decisions?


About the Author: Lawrence Lessig is an American political activist. Lessig is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and technology applications. Lessig is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Lessig is a founding board member of Creative Commons and currently serves on multiple advisory boards. Lessig completed a bachelor’s degree at the Wharton School; a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge (Trinity); and a juris doctor at the Yale Law School. For more information, visit:


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Publisher: Basic Books (December 2006)

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