Manifest: The role of law in an electronic world dominated by Web 2.0

  • Thomas Hoeren
  • Gottfried Vossen


Web 2.0 has gained enormous momentum in recent years, and has reached most areas in entertainment, research, business, science, and beyond. It is characterized by a move from a read-only Web to a read-write Web, where users contribute content in a variety of forms. However, there is at the same time a host of legal issues arising for Web 2.0, visible via the huge number of law suits that have already been filed in this context. This paper tries to pinpoint core legal issues, the way they are so far treated, and what is needed for improving the situation.


Web 2.0  User-generated content  Legal issues  Regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.European Research Center for Information SystemsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany

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