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Cyberspace and the Law

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ISBN13: 9780262531238
ISBN: 0262531232
Published: February 1995
Publisher: The MIT Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £16.95

What legal recourse do you have if someone has read your private e-mail without your consent? Who owns the copyright to the message just posted on a bulletin board? Can you get into trouble for downloading a sexually explicit file? These are among the many questions that the authors, both practising attorneys, address in ""Cyberspace and the Law."" Without resorting to confusing legalese, they present a clear and concise analysis of legal issues in the anarchic world of cyberspace for members of the on-line world who have little or no legal background. The introduction provides a quick tour of cyberspace (on-line services, bulletin board systems, private systems, and networks) and activities (e-mail, public messaging systems, software exchange, electronic publishing, entertainment, chat, educational and research services, and commercial applications).;The authors then take up electronic privacy issues including anonymity and both statutory and common law approaches to protecting private communications (featuring a discussion of Steve Jackson Games v. United States Secret Service); the virtual marketplace of electronic contracts and credit card transactions; copyright law in an uncharted new world; freedom of speech; adult material (digitized images, animated sequences, sexually explicit text, ""hot chat""); and cyber-crimes.

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Defining cyberspace - a quick tour of cyberspace, activities in cyberspace, the dimensions of cyberspace, the future of cyberspace; electronic privacy - anonymity, the privacy of electronic communications and the ECPA, state privacy law, common law actions for invasion of privacy, the great cryptography debate; the virtual marketplace - business transactions on the net - electronic contracts, acceptable use policies and caller contracts, credit card transactions in cyberspace; intellectual property in cyberspace - copyright law in a new world - a copyright primer, copyright in cyberspace, software, other copyright issues; harmful and dangerous words and the first amendment - the first amendment in cyberspace, freedom of speech, freedom of the press; adult material - drawing the line between the legal and illegal - an overview of adult materials and activities available in cyberspace, indecency vs. obscenity - classifying on-line adult materials and activities, significance of being deemed obscene, laws governing adult material, possession of obscene material, child pornography, what does all this mean?; cyber-crimes - pitfalls for the unwary traveler - the computer fraud and abuse act, credit card abuse laws, wire fraud, the national stolen property act, software piracy, obscenity and child pornography, computer viruses and other harmful software, electronic communications privacy act, state computer crime laws, are the authorities overzealous?; Appendices: where to go for more help; the electronic communications privacy act; 18 USC 1465 - transportation of obscene matter for sale or distribution; 7 USC 223 - obscene or harrassing telephone calls; federal child pornography statute; state child pornography statutes; the computer fraud and abuse act; the Texas computer crime law; state computer crime laws.