Internet Law Law and Legal Definition

The Internet's explosive growth has given rise to many new legal concepts and created a need for expanding traditional legal concepts. Court decisions are continually refining the application of legal definitions and boundaries on the Internet. Some of the issues dealt with in Internet law include:

  • Contracts
  • Free Speech
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities
  • Encryption/Cryptography
  • Taxation
  • Criminal Offenses
  • Gambling
  • Privacy

Because of the international nature of the Internet, there are jurisdictional issues involving which laws apply in a particular case. There are state and federal laws governing Internet activities. Some state laws are applicable if a computer in the state transmits or receives information that is the subject matter of a legal issue. Some federal laws applicable to the Internet include:
COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT 47 U.S.C. Section 230
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PRIVACY ACT 18 U.S.C Sections 2701-2711 - Stored Wire and Electronic Communications and Transactional Records Access
DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT 17 U.S.C. § 512