I’m pleased to announce that the Second Edition of my Computer Crime Law casebook has just been published. A few quick points about it, for those who are interested in such things:
1. About 20% of the main cases are new, reflecting the dramatic caselaw development in the field since the 1st edition came out in 2006. Regular readers of the VC will be familiar with a bunch of the new cases, as I’ve blogged about several of them. The most recent case in the book is the Lori Drew case, handed down on August 28th (and edited down to about 5 pages instead of 32).
2. Despite the many new cases and notes, the book is just about the same length as before. The 1st edition was 665 pages plus the statutory materials in the appendix; the 2nd edition is 684 pages plus the statutory materials in the appendix. I didn’t want the book to become bloated, as can happen to successive editions, so I tried both to add in what was needed and to take out what was no longer as useful or relevant as before.
3. I’m finishing up a Teacher’s Manual for the book, and I will also soon have a free online Supplement available for the Spring 2010 semester to include the several important caselaw developments just in the last 2 or 3 months.