Keywords: Law and economics, weblogs, professional licensing, defamation, election law, worldwide web, media regulation, intellectual property, partnership, evidentiary privileges, First Amendment


Weblogs, or blogs, have proliferated and developed rapidly in recent years, and have attracted significant attention. Moreover, blogs have started to generate significant legal issues. Yet there is so far no coherent economic framework for addressing those issues. This article begins to develop such a framework. Building on blogs’ technical features, it identifies the unique aspects of blogs that should have legal ramifications. It then briefly applies this framework to a variety of legal issues.

Date of this Version

April 2005