Technology has always been a motivating force of change in the law. The creation of new machines and development of novel methods of achieving goals force the law to adapt with new and responsive rules. This is particularly true whenever a new technology transforms society. Whether it is increasing industrialization or computerization, pre-existing legal concepts rarely survive the transition unaltered - new prescriptions are announced while old ones disappear.
Ralph D. Clifford, Technology Drives the Law: A Foreword to Trends and Issues in Technology & the Law, 7 U. Mass. L. Rev. 2 (2012).