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Overview of Internet Law

The broad category descriptor "internet law" encompasses articles relating to the internet and the legal questions that result from its use. In recent years, the intersection of the law and the internet has forced rapid change in a number of traditional legal fields. Copyright law, defamation, and the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press are among the areas where law and the internet have collided, creating new questions for courts and legislatures to try to answer.

Internet law, or "cyber law" as it is also called, refers to the body of law surrounding internet and online actions, interactions, and transactions.

Common Topics in Internet Law

Common topics in internet law include electronic commerce (E-commerce), cybercrime, issues surrounding privacy, governance, antitrust considerations, and freedom of expression.

Intellectual property law is also implicated in internet law. Common trademark issues include identifying domain names and websites as trademarks, addressing trademark infringement, and interpreting the Trademark Dilution Act of 1996.

Issues surrounding copyright law and the internet, too, have appeared frequently since the 1990s. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is key legislation that addresses copyright issues in internet law.

Internet privacy law is an emerging area of internet law. Key concerns include the ability for individuals to control what personal information about themselves is revealed online.

Participants in Internet Law

Internet law affects a broad base of participants. Consumers, engineers, legal professionals, educators, commerce, government, and non-profit communities impact and are impacted by changes in this field.

Legal Framework for Addressing Internet Law

Internet law also involves regulatory frameworks that govern internet usage, at a national and international level. Concepts such as net neutrality are key in understanding the legal implications for internet providers and users.The Federal Communications Commission is a key player in internet regulation in the U.S., particularly with respect to efforts to increase access to broadband services.

Internet regulation at a federal level is authorized by the the Free Speech & Commerce clause, Communications Decency Act, Federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, CAN-SPAM, Lanham Act, and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 to name a few.

There are also state statutes that specify or limit certain types of internet activity.

Jurisdiction in Internet Law

A key area of interest in internet law is jurisdiction. Jurisdiction typically refers to the authority to hear particular causes of action. Since the internet spans geographic boundaries and limitations, determining jurisdiction of cyberlaw related issues has become a primary issue in internet law cases.

Additional Resources

Internet Law Resources on FindLaw

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Pages in category "Internet Law"

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