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Do Androids Dream of Electric Free Speech? Visions of the future of copyright, privacy and the First Amendment in science fiction
Communication Law & Policy (2014)
  • Daxton R Stewart, Texas Christian University
Abstract

Science fiction authors have long projected the future of technology, including communication devices and the way in which future societies may use them. In this essay, these visions of future technology, and their implications on the future of media law and policy, are explored in three areas in particular – copyright, privacy, and the First Amendment. Themes examined include moving toward massively open copyright systems, problems of perpetual surveillance by the state, addressing rights of obscurity in public places threatened by wearable and implantable computing devices, and considering free speech rights of autonomous machines created by humans. In conclusion, the author offers a rebuttal to recent critics of legal scholarship by suggesting the value in exploratory, forward-looking research that examines the problems judges and policymakers may be addressing in the near and distant future.

Keywords
  • Science fiction,
  • law,
  • technology,
  • robotics,
  • artificial intelligence,
  • copyright,
  • privacy,
  • wearable
Publication Date
May, 2014
Citation Information
Daxton R Stewart. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Free Speech? Visions of the future of copyright, privacy and the First Amendment in science fiction" Communication Law & Policy (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daxton_stewart/16/