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Cyberspace and the Law : Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World - Edward A. Cavazos

Cyberspace and the Law

Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World

Paperback Published: 4th October 1994
ISBN: 9780262531238
Number Of Pages: 229
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Winner, 1994, category of Computer Science, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. 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.

Defining Cyberspacep. 1
A Quick Tour of Cyberspacep. 2
Activities in Cyberspacep. 5
The Dimensions of Cyberspacep. 9
The Future of Cyberspacep. 10
Electronic Privacyp. 13
Anonymityp. 14
The Privacy of Electronic Communications and the ECPAp. 16
State Privacy Lawp. 26
Common Law Actions for Invasion of Privacyp. 26
The Great Cryptography Debatep. 28
The Virtual Marketplace: Business Transactions on the Netp. 33
Electronic Contractsp. 34
Acceptable Use Policies and Caller Contractsp. 44
Credit Card Transactions in Cyberspacep. 45
Intellectual Property in Cyberspace: Copyright Law in a New Worldp. 47
A Copyright Primerp. 48
Copyright in Cyberspacep. 56
Softwarep. 62
Other Copyright Issuesp. 64
Harmful and Dangerous Words and the First Amendmentp. 67
The First Amendment in Cyberspacep. 67
Freedom of Speechp. 69
Freedom of the Pressp. 85
Adult Material: Drawing the Line between the Legal and Illegalp. 89
An Overview of Adult Materials and Activities Available in Cyberspacep. 90
Indecency vs. Obscenity: Classifying On-line Adult Materials and Activitiesp. 93
Significance of Being Deemed Obscenep. 97
Laws Governing Adult Materialp. 97
Possession of Obscene Materialp. 98
Child Pornographyp. 99
What Does All This Mean?p. 102
Cyber-Crimes: Pitfalls for the Unwary Travelerp. 105
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Actp. 107
Credit Card Abuse Lawsp. 109
Wire Fraudp. 110
The National Stolen Property Actp. 110
Software Piracyp. 111
Obscenity and Child Pornographyp. 114
Computer Viruses and Other Harmful Softwarep. 114
Electronic Communications Privacy Actp. 116
State Computer Crime Lawsp. 116
Are the Authorities Overzealous?p. 120
Notesp. 123
Appendix A: Where to Go for More Helpp. 129
Appendix B: The Electronic Communications Privacy Actp. 143
Appendix C: 18 U.S.C. [section] 1465: Transportation of Obscene Matter for Sale or Distributionp. 177
Appendix D: 7 U.S.C. [section] 223: Obscene or Harrassing Telephone Callsp. 179
Appendix E : Federal Child Pornography Statutep. 183
Appendix F: State Child Pornography Statutesp. 187
Appendix G: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Actp. 191
Appendix H: The Texas Computer Crime Lawp. 197
Appendix I: State Computer Crime Lawsp. 201
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780262531238
ISBN-10: 0262531232
Series: Mit Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 229
Published: 4th October 1994
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.24  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37