Internet and the Law: Technology, Society, and Compromises, Second Edition is the go-to source for anyone who needs clear explanations of complex legal concepts related to online practices and content. This wide-ranging, alphabetical reference explores diverse areas of law, including territorial jurisdiction and taxation, that are relevant to or affected by advances in information technology and the rise of the Internet. Particular emphasis is placed on intellectual property law and laws regarding freedom of expression. The Internet, as this book shows, raises questions not only about how to protect intellectual creations, but about what should be protected. Entries also discuss how the Web has brought First Amendment rights and free expression into question as society grapples with attempts to control “leaks” and to restrict content such as pornography, spam, defamation, and criminal speech.
- Explains complex legal and technical concepts clearly and understandably through entries that range from 500 to 5,000 words
- Covers a wide range of topics, including censorship, copyright, domain name disputes, file-sharing, hacking, patents, spam, malware, international law, tax issues, trademarks, and viruses
- Features an introductory guide to the U.S. legal system, including how to find, read, and understand sources of law
- Includes cases, statutes, and international treaties relevant to the law of information technology and the Internet