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About VL Law

“The WWW Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland” (see About the Virtual Library).

The WWW Virtual Library is the direct descendant of the original Overview.html page on TBL's server in Geneva. This itself was linked to from the Web's main-page http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html (that location no longer exists and the link is to an archive copy at W3C). The Virtual Library's server is now (2005) in Geneva again, a few kilometres from the original site of the Web's creation in 1990-92.

At the time of that archived page (November 3rd 1992) the only legal material catalogued was US Copyright Law at Cornell: http://fatty.law.cornell.edu.:80/usr2/wwwtext/lii.table.html. Mind you, there were only some forty links listed (with one marked as apparently ‘down’ and a song site as “apparently disabled for copyright reasons” — plus ça change … (though in 1992 it was song lyrics not recordings (remember bandwidth?) that were causing the problems …).

A LAW Virtual Library was though already being planned: ”In 1992, Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington was chosen by CERN, originators of the World Wide Web Consortium, to be the host of the Virtual Library – Law (http://www.law.indiana.edu/v-lib/).“ (quoted from the old Indiana site). The Indiana site continued to function throughout the remainder of the Century and into the early years of the present Century.

In 2005 the present site was created to continue the work. It also incorporates many of the features of the VL Arbitration Database, and also the experience of the Topic Map based WWW Virtual Library central Catalog.

At present, and for some months to come, VL Law is going to be undergoing rapid development. How quickly we can achieve our ambitions will to some large part depend on the cooperation of others, not least in taking on roles as field maintainers, and of course in just suggesting new entries.

You may contact the maintainer with any comments or suggestions.

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