oa De Rebus - Cyberrights and porn on the Internet

Volume 1998, Issue 361
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The term 'cyberspace' was first coined by the novelist William Gibson in his work Neuromancer. Indeed, he descriptionbed it as 'consensual hallucination' and it is perhaps the consensual element, together with the passage of technology in the form of the Internet, that has brought fiction into the realm of reality and into contact with the law, more particularly the First Amendment to the US Constitution which, so far as is material to this note, declares: Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech'.

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