Unlike litigation over student locker searches or special education programs, courtroom maneuvering and wrangling over legal issues in cyberspace don't always have an immediate impact on the classroom. Nevertheless, the omnipresence of computers and the internet in 21st-century education means we cannot overlook major legal developments in any area of cyberlaw, because they are bound to affect the schools sooner or later, at least indirectly.

For example, one of the most notable and important non-school cases this past year was the antitrust case against Microsoft. Even though Bill Gates' empire has emerged seemingly

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