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

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MIT Press, 1994 - Computers - 215 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Defining Cyberspace
1
Electronic Privacy
13
Business Transactions on the Net
33
Copyright Law in a
47
Harmful and Dangerous Words and the First Amendment
67
Drawing the Line between the Legal
89
Pitfalls for the Unwary Traveler
105
Notes
123
Where to Go for More Help
129
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
143
18 U S C 1465 Transportation of Obscene Matter
177
Federal Child Pornography Statute
183
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
191
The Texas Computer Crime Law
197
Index
207
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Edward Cavazos is Managing Partner of at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Austin, focusing on Intellectual Property. Cavazos is also Adjunct Professor at Texas Law at the University of Texas at Austin.

Gavino Morin is Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Bluepoint Games, Inc., and on the faculty at the Practising Law Institute.

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