[SIGCIS-Members] Query: Legal history of the internet / Internet in Germany

Ceruzzi, Paul CeruzziP at si.edu
Tue Feb 10 07:39:21 PST 2015

A good question. I found this book of value, although it does not directly address the issue Alexander is asking about:
Jack Goldsmith & Tim Wu, Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (Oxford University Press 2006).  The authors are professors of law at Harvard & Columbia, respectively. Perhaps one could contact the authors & see if they have done further work since 2006 (an eternity in "Internet time").


From: members-bounces at sigcis.org [mailto:members-bounces at sigcis.org] On Behalf Of Janet Abbate
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 9:23 AM
To: Sigcis
Subject: [SIGCIS-Members] Query: Legal history of the internet / Internet in Germany

I'm forwarding a query about the history of Internet law and regulation. Most of what I'm familiar with is about standards, ICANN and IANA, and global governance issues; I sent him some references for Mueller and DeNardis. I don't know anything about the Internet in Germany. Suggestions?

You can respond directly to Peukert, or to this list and I will collect and forward.


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From: "Peukert, Alexander" <a.peukert at jur.uni-frankfurt.de<mailto:a.peukert at jur.uni-frankfurt.de>>
Date: February 9, 2015 8:26:56 AM EST
To: "abbate at vt.edu<mailto:abbate at vt.edu>" <abbate at vt.edu<mailto:abbate at vt.edu>>
Subject: Legal history of the internet?

Dear Professor Abbate,

I am teaching IP law at Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, and I read with great interest your book "Inventing the Internet". I am currently undertaking a search with regard to the legal history of the internet, that is to say the regulations that governed the evolution of the internet in the U.S. and other countries, in particular Germany. Aside of your book, I only came across few articles that partly address some issues, in particular the history of ICANN (Weinberg, 2000) and the privatization of the internet backbone network (Kesan and Shah, 2001). I did not find, however, an in-depth legal-historical study of one (let alone all) major steps in the evolution of the internet until the end of the 1990ies.

Are you aware of such a study? Do you know someone who is dealing with these questions?

Kind regards
Alexander Peukert
Prof. Dr. Alexander Peukert
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main - Exzellenzcluster Normative Ordnungen
Grüneburgplatz 1, Hauspostfach EXC-12, D-60323 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: + 49 (0) 69 798 31477; Fax: + 49 (0) 69 798 31462
http://www.jura.uni-frankfurt.de/peukert/ und http://ssrn.com/author=1244916

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