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Cyberspace and the Law: Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World

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What legal recourse do you have if someone has read your private e-mail without your consent? Who owns the copyright to the message you 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 practicing 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 ...

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Overview

What legal recourse do you have if someone has read your private e-mail without your consent? Who owns the copyright to the message you 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 practicing 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). Cavazos and Morin 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.

Who owns the copyright to messages on an electronic bulletin board? Is it illegal to download a sexually explicit file? Without resorting to confusing legalese, the authors answer these and other questions, and they present a clear and concise analysis of legal issues in the anarchic world of cyberspace for those who have little or no legal background. Illustrations.

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A comprehensive and jargon-free guide to the legal issues associated with on-line communications, suitable for even inexperienced on-line users. Includes an introduction to cyberspace itself. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262531238
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/1994
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Defining Cyberspace 1
A Quick Tour of Cyberspace 2
Activities in Cyberspace 5
The Dimensions of Cyberspace 9
The Future of Cyberspace 10
2 Electronic Privacy 13
Anonymity 14
The Privacy of Electronic Communications and the ECPA 16
State Privacy Law 26
Common Law Actions for Invasion of Privacy 26
The Great Cryptography Debate 28
3 The Virtual Marketplace: Business Transactions on the Net 33
Electronic Contracts 34
Acceptable Use Policies and Caller Contracts 44
Credit Card Transactions in Cyberspace 45
4 Intellectual Property in Cyberspace: Copyright Law in a New World 47
A Copyright Primer 48
Copyright in Cyberspace 56
Software 62
Other Copyright Issues 64
5 Harmful and Dangerous Words and the First Amendment 67
The First Amendment in Cyberspace 67
Freedom of Speech 69
Freedom of the Press 85
6 Adult Material: Drawing the Line between the Legal and Illegal 89
An Overview of Adult Materials and Activities Available in Cyberspace 90
Indecency vs. Obscenity: Classifying On-line Adult Materials and Activities 93
Significance of Being Deemed Obscene 97
Laws Governing Adult Material 97
Possession of Obscene Material 98
Child Pornography 99
What Does All This Mean? 102
7 Cyber-Crimes: Pitfalls for the Unwary Traveler 105
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 107
Credit Card Abuse Laws 109
Wire Fraud 110
The National Stolen Property Act 110
Software Piracy 111
Obscenity and Child Pornography 114
Computer Viruses and Other Harmful Software 114
Electronic Communications Privacy Act 116
State Computer Crime Laws 116
Are the Authorities Overzealous? 120
Notes 123
Appendix A: Where to Go for More Help 129
Appendix B: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act 143
Appendix C: 18 U.S.C. [section] 1465: Transportation of Obscene Matter for Sale or Distribution 177
Appendix D: 7 U.S.C. [section] 223: Obscene or Harrassing Telephone Calls 179
Appendix E : Federal Child Pornography Statute 183
Appendix F: State Child Pornography Statutes 187
Appendix G: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act 191
Appendix H: The Texas Computer Crime Law 197
Appendix I: State Computer Crime Laws 201
Index 207
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