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Internet Law

About Internet Law

"Just as the Internet combines, and makes accessible, information in new ways, and makes new sources of information available, the Internet also has engendered new legal issues, changed existing areas of law, and created hybrid legal subjects in ways previously unimagined. New legal claims may be brought for which there are no corollaries in the physical world, such as those involving spoofing, spamming, phishing, pharming, metatags, keyword sales and sponsored links, and domain names. In addition, the Internet has changed more traditional areas of law, such as securities and banking. Cyberspace law also has reinvigorated moribund legal principles, such as the doctrine of vicarious copyright liability . . . More than anything else, the field of Internet law has shown the enduring value of the common law. Centuries old doctrines such as trespass have found new applications in suits over spamming and the use of bots to repeatedly and automatically access websites and databases." (From E-Commerce & Internet Law.)

Study Aids


Search Terms

Selected terms and keywords for searching within library catalogs, databases, and websites for information related to Internet law include:

  • Cyberlaw
  • Cyberspace law
  • Domain Name Dispute-Resolution
  • E-Commerce
  • Free speech on the Internet
  • Intellectual Property on the Internet
  • Internet law
  • Internet-related Privacy
  • Jurisdiction in Cyberspace
  • Network Neutrality / Net Neutrality
  • Section 230, Communications Decency Act

Black's Law Dictionary