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Law and the "Sharing Economy"

Regulating Online Market Platforms

contributions by Francesco Ducci; Sabrina Tremblay-Huet; Mariana Valverde; Vincent Gautrais; Nofar Sheffi; Eric Tucker; Eran Kaplinsky; Marie-Cécile Escande-Varniol; Michael Geist; Harry Arthurs, edited by Finn Makela; Derek McKee & Teresa Scassa

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Controversy shrouds sharing economy platforms. It stems partially from the platforms’ economic impact, which is felt most acutely in certain sectors: Uber drivers compete with taxi drivers; Airbnb hosts compete with hotels. Other consequences lie elsewhere: Uber is associated with a trend toward low-paying, precarious work, whereas Airbnb is accused of exacerbating real estate speculation and raising the cost of long-term rental housing.
While governments in some jurisdictions have attempted to rein in the platforms, technology has enabled such companies to bypass conventional regulatory categories, generating accusations of “unfair competition” as well as debates about the merits of existing regulatory regimes. Indeed, the platforms blur a number of familiar distinctions, including personal versus commercial activity; infrastructure versus content; contractual autonomy versus hierarchical control. These ambiguities can stymie legal regimes that rely on these distinctions as organizing principles, including those relating to labour, competition, tax, insurance, information, the prohibition of discrimination, as well as specialized sectoral regulation. 
This book is organized around five themes: technologies of regulation; regulating technology; the sites of regulation (local to global); regulating markets; and regulating labour. Together, the chapters offer a rich variety of insights on the regulation of the sharing economy, both in terms of the traditional areas of law they bring to bear, and the theoretical perspectives that inform their analysis. 

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Francesco Ducci

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Sabrina Tremblay-Huet

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Mariana Valverde is the director of the University of Toronto's Centre of Criminology, a noted international research center. She is the author of several books on questions of law and social control and has participated in many community organizations. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Finn Makela, B.A., M.A., LL.B/B.C.L., LL.D is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Université de Sherbrooke. His primary areas of teaching and research are labour and employment law, legal theory and legal methodology.
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Derek McKee, A.B., B.C.L./LL.B., S.J.D., has been Professor of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2012. His teaching and research focus on administrative law, tort law, and transnational law, including the relationship between domestic and international law in Canada.
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Derek McKee, A.B., B.C.L./LL.B., S.J.D., has been Professor of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2012. His teaching and research focus on administrative law, tort law, and transnational law, including the relationship between domestic and international law in Canada.
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Derek McKee, A.B., B.C.L./LL.B., S.J.D., has been Professor of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2012. His teaching and research focus on administrative law, tort law, and transnational law, including the relationship between domestic and international law in Canada.
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Derek McKee, A.B., B.C.L./LL.B., S.J.D., has been Professor of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2012. His teaching and research focus on administrative law, tort law, and transnational law, including the relationship between domestic and international law in Canada.
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Derek McKee, A.B., B.C.L./LL.B., S.J.D., has been Professor of Law at the Université de Sherbrooke since 2012. His teaching and research focus on administrative law, tort law, and transnational law, including the relationship between domestic and international law in Canada.
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Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.
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Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.
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Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.
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Teresa Scassa is the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. She is a member of the GEOTHINK research partnership, and has written widely in the areas of intellectual property law, law and technology, and privacy.
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