The Michigan Telecommunications and
Technology Law Review Archives
This archive details a debate which occurred on March 10, 1995 at the
University of Michigan concerning the celebrated Jake Baker case (a
student who wrote a violent pornographic work of fiction using the name
of a fellow student. The following is a page the MTTLR set up to cover
Incidently, the Baker case, at the trial level, has been published
is available online.
Apparently, the government has appealed.
Policing the Internet: Jake Baker
and beyond Friday, March 10 1995
The debate Thursday night
very successfully--drawing an over-capacity crowd to Room 100 of the Law
School. The issues
raised by the panelists and the questioners were extremely provocative
(just the right amount of "fireworks"). We hope you enjoy the transcript;
please take a moment to read the journal's editorial policy.
READ: Editorial Policy regarding transcript
Statement by Dean Lehman
- Introduction by
Charney's Opening Statement
Rezmierski's Opening Statement
Weitzner's Opening Statement
MacKinnon's Opening Statement
Steinhardt's Opening Statement
ONE: What is the Department of Justice's position on prosecution of
TWO: Anonyminity, accountability, and the 'Net
THREE: How can the Internet be used for empowerment
FOUR: Rights for Computer programs?
FIVE: How should lawmakers be educated as to current technology?
SIX: Is a civil suit pending in the Jake Baker case?
SEVEN: Will Federal Law preempt state law in cases involving the
EIGHT: Comment about the Baker affidavit
NINE: Why did the University of Michigan choose to respond in this way
to the Baker incident?
TEN: A question about Catharine MacKinnon's positions on obscenity and
ELEVEN: Does pornography drive the 'Net?
If you'd like to know basic information about the event, here is the
release with more details.
Call for Papers
Please submit responses to the transcript or the panel to
editorial approval, we will post responses here.
About this Journal
The Baker Case
Additional information about the Baker case itself is available at Peter
Swanson's Jake Baker page.
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