and regulatory issues
In the session on legal and regulatory issues, moderated by law
professor Glen O. Robinson, speakers and the audience agreed that
the Internet and technology are developing so fast that a legal
consensus hasn't been reached in numerous areas of the law, including
commerce, monopolies, taxation, intellectual property, pornography,
libel and government regulations. Robinson noted that although
many of the legal issues are traditional, consensus and enforcement
are difficult in a global environment where even the origin of
information often isn't clear.
S. McQuary (Col '81), president and COO of MindSpring Enterprises
suggested, though, that the Internet is simply "old wine
in new bottles" and that many of the issues will sort themselves
out if treated as part of "regular society." He advocated
for governments to "let it self-regulate" as much as
possible. "It truly is one of the most democratic vehicles
there is to act in the common good," McQuary said.
B. Sallet (Law '78), vice president of MCI WorldCom, told the
many law students in the audience that the myriad legal issues
involving the Internet were obviously key ones to be specializing
in today. Rather than be left behind, the law has got to change
because the Internet will keep on going, he said.