B O O K R E V I E W
George S. Takach (Toronto: Irwin Law Inc., 2000, 2nd edition)
David T.S. Fraser†
and lands firmly in the present with discussions of ‘‘click-
ordon Moore observed in 1965 that the density of
wrap’’, ‘‘browse-wrap’’ and ‘‘shrink-wrap’’ contracts. Elec-
G transistors that could be packed onto an integrated
tronic evidence issues and law reform are also thor-
circuit was doubling every eighteen months. George
oughly canvassed. All four dynamics are apparent and
Takach briefly discusses ‘‘Moore’s law’’, as it came to be
intermingled as technology leads legal changes, fed in
known, in the introduction to his second edition of
part by developments outside Canada.
Computer Law as an illustration of the rapid pace of
technological change inherent in this area of the law.
Contract law is not the only area in which the law
This second edition of Takach’s book may demonstrate
has rapidly evolved and accommodated the technolog-
that the law is catching up with the technology. As chips
ical revolution. Each of the chapters of Computer Law
get smaller, the volume and complexity of computer law
has been significantly revised and updated to reflect the
apparently grows. Takach’s seminal work has doubled in
latest cases and matters at issue. Interestingly, the most
size in approximately five years, and appropriately so.
recent expansion and development of computer law has
This may not be the pace of Moore’s Law, but it likely is
coincided with the supposed decline of the technology
the fastest moving area in law.
sector. In many respects, technology has gone from glam-
orous to routine. Electronic mail (even the usually wel-
As part of the Irwin Law ‘‘Essentials of Canadian
come, solicited kind) has surpassed paper-based mail in
Law’’ series, Computer Law ably fills the need for a work
volume for most people. Many of today’s early adopters
that is simultaneously broad and concise. Virtually every
have already abandoned e-mail for instant messaging.
characteristic of the first edition lives on