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Morozov I 195
Copyright/Behavior/Internet Law/Online Law/Kerr/Morozov: Kerr's concern - and he restricts his discussion to technologies such as "Digital Rights Management"-protection DRM (to be found in electronic books and DVDs) and driverless cars - is that such systems lead to a kind of "moral handicap" in which people set their moral on the autopilot and to do not care about willingness to be honest. Kerr notes that "digital locks would secure owners' special results, but at the expense of the moral project of honesty". (1)
Morozov: these mechanisms also influence our behaviour towards our neighbour in daily life.
Kerr brings many examples, such as shopping carts that stop in the parking lot or golf carts that automatically stay out of the lawn.
I 196
MorozovVsKerr: he understands moral behaviour too narrowly - e. g. an absent-mindedly driver can be protected by automatic systems.
I 197
Regulation/Roger BrownswordVsKerr/Morozov: there are three ways to regulate our behavior:

a) Moral: by argumentation with right and wrong
b) by appealing to our own interests, i. e. that we ourselves are ultimately harmed by misconduct
c) by appealing to practicability: through technical obstacles without an appeal for morality or wisdom. (2)

1. Ian R. Kerr, “Digital Locks and the Automation of Virtue,” in “Radical Extremism” to “Balanced Copyright”: Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda, ed. Michael Geist (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010),
2. Roger Brownsword, “Whither the Law and the Law Books? From Prescription to Possibility,” Journal of Law and Society 39, no. 2 (2012): 296– 308; Brownsword, “Lost in Translation: Legality, Regulatory Margins, and Technological Management,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal 26 (2011): 1321– 1366; and Brownsword, Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008).


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PolKerr I
Ian R. Kerr
Digital Locks and the Automation of Virtue Toronto 2010

Morozov I
Evgeny Morozov
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism New York 2014


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