October 23, 2007

"The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet."

Daniel J. Solove is offering free review copies of his book "The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet" to bloggers who act fast, write reasonably relevant blogs, and agree to review the book. (ILs: Is that an enforceable contract?)

I've already got the book, and I didn't agree in advance to write it up here. I note that he's cutting off the option of following the old advice of shutting up if you haven't got something nice to say. Which I sometimes follow.

You can also just buy the book: here.

I'll have more to say about it later. I note that it doesn't include the AutoAdmit scandal and that ham-handed lawsuit brought by some Yale Law Students.

3 comments:

Matt said...

Well, there appears to be consideration... Fuller would adore the evidentiary function of publishing this on the web (although he may condemn blogging on cautionary grounds).
But since you already got the book without agreeing to review it, there's no bargained-for promise.
Yes?

LWR said...

Being a 1L is great!

I look to Rest 2d Section 90, which states that if a promisor (here, blogger) expects that the promise will induce action (from author) and does induce that action, then the promise is binding if injustice can be avoided only by enforcement of the promise.

So, if the author sends the blogger the book, the promise is binding if it would be unjust for the author not to get his review in return.

That said, since the term "review" isn't defined, the contract may fail for indefiniteness...that's next semester.

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