Internet and Online Law

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Kent D. Stuckey, Robert L. Ellis

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“A valuable practitioner's guide to of the Internet. It portrays the law as it is, a still evolving system in all it's complexity and contradiction.”
Esther Dyson, President and EDventure Holding's Former Chair; ICANN Board and
Former Chair; and Board Member Emeritus, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Internet and Online Law,  a comprehensive and authoritative work, was created by an all-star team of legal experts.  It offers conceptual legal analysis, historical context, and clear, lively explanation. The oldest continuously published treatise on Internet law, this book includes in-depth coverage of many areas not found in other works.
Internet and Online Law provides insightful analysis of: contracting (ranging from changing concepts of the statute of frauds to the enforceability of terms and conditions stated only as a URL in hard-copy contracts); defamation and reputation management; online crimes and abusive practices; obscenity, child pornography and other sex-related issues;  social networking (including First Amendment issues, workplace policies, student rights, and advertising practices); privacy, data protection and related issues (including federal and state statutes, consumer privacy, anonymity, legal aspects of blogging and online journalism, and state data breach laws); copyright and trademark law (including comprehensive explanation of the online aspects of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Communications Decency Act as applied to both online service providers and Internet users); eCommerce (including everything from Tesla sales, to gambling, to FTC consumer protection, to securities law, to a detailed analysis of virtual currency); online legal ethics; Internet jurisdiction (domestic and foreign, inbound and outbound); estate planning involving digital and online assets; and the increasingly important area of International online law.

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  • Kent D. Stuckey

Kent D. Stuckey is CEO and Board Chairman of Internet Transaction Solutions, Inc. and also acts as a consultant on electronic commerce and Internet legal matters. He served as General Counsel and Secretary of CompuServe Incorporated from 1987 through 1995. Mr. Stuckey managed landmark cases applicable to online and Internet service, including Cubby v. CompuServe, Frank Music v. CompuServe, and CompuServe v. Patterson, and has played key roles in the development of online industry standards; self-regulation; practices and policy positions, including copyright, defamation, privacy, obscenity and indecency; and regulatory matters. In 1995 he saw the need for a legal treatise covering the law of the Internet, and was instrumental in creating Internet and Online Law: He defined in detail the scope and structure of this book, organized the team of expert contributing authors, drafted various sections, and brought the book together in its original form.

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  • Robert L. Ellis

Robert L. Ellis is a partner at Hennis, Rothstein & Ellis in Columbus, Ohio. He has practiced computer law since 1983 and Internet law since 1994. He served as a member of the Internet Policy Advisory Board (Geneva, 1996) and as chair of the Ohio State Bar Association's Digital Technology Law Committee (2003-2005). He has testified before Congress on information law issues and is a frequent speaker and writer on digital technology law and policy. Mr. Ellis has contributed to this book for many years, adding coverage of topics such as ecommerce, social networking, virtual currency, online legal ethics, and the international aspects of online law.



Contracting in the Electronic Environment
§ 1.01    Introduction
[1]    Sources of Law
[2]    The Statute of Frauds
§ 1.02    Nontraditional Means of Contracting
[1]    Agreements Formed in Earlier Times Via Tele-gram, Telex and Tape Recordings
[2]    The Modern Approach to Signatures
[3]    E-Mail and Electronic Messaging
[4]    Shrink-Wrap, Click-Wrap, and Browse-Wrap Agreements
[5]    Hybrid Agreements
[6]    Contractual Issues of Particular Concern in an Online Context

Defamation and Reputation Management
§ 2.01    Introduction
[1]    Scope
[2]    Common Law Defamation and the First Amend-ment
[3]    Chapter Overview
§ 2.02    Defamation Law in the United States
[1]    Common Law Elements of a Defamation Claim
[2]    Common Law Defenses to a Defamation Claim
[3]    First Amendment Modifications of State Defamation Law
§ 2.03    Applying Defamation Law to Online Service Providers
[1]    Overview
[2]    CDA Immunity for Online Service Providers and Its Limits
[3]    CDA Immunity for Ordinary Users
[4]    Application of First Amendment Doctrines to Online Speech
[5]    Retraction Statutes
[6]    Single Publication Rule
[7]    Liability of Traditional Publishers for Misuse of Online Information
§ 2.04    Applying Defamation Law to Users Who Post Comments
[1]    Blogging and Social Networking
[2]    Particular Types of Online Posts
[3]    Reputation Management

Online Abusive Practices and Crimes
§ 3.01    Introduction
§ 3.01A    Federal Law
[1]    The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
[2]    The CAN SPAM Act
[3]    The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
[4]    The Economic Espionage Act
§ 3.02    State Law Theories
[1]    Negligent Misrepresentation
[2]    Other Tort Theories
§ 3.03    Applying State Tort Law Theories to Internet Service Providers and Other Internet Information Providers
[1]    Introduction
[2]    Negligent Misrepresentation: ISPs and Comparable Media
[3]    Products Liability
§ 3.04    First Amendment Considerations
[1]    Introduction
[2]    Negligence Liability for Non-Defamatory Speech Addressing Matters of Public Concern
[3]    First Amendment Concerns as a Significant Factor in Negligent Misrepresentation Cases
[4]    The First Amendment, Students, and Non-Defamatory but Problematic Online Content
§ 3.05    Conclusion

Obscenity, Child Pornography and
Other Sex-Related Issues
§ 4.01    Introduction
§ 4.02    The Cessation of Obscenity Prosecutions and the Shift to Child Pornography Prosecutions
§ 4.03    The Current Statutory Framework
§ 4.04    Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act—Sweeping Immunity for OSPs
§ 4.05    Revenge Porn
§ 4.06    Types of Online Activities That Could Trigger Liability for Violations of Obscenity, Indecency, or Child Pornography Laws
[1]    Uploading and Downloading of Child Pornography
[2]    Providing Access to Third Party Materials or Servers Through an Online Provider's Network
[3]    Transmission of E-Mail
[4]    Selling Products Online
[5]    Facilitating Criminal Activity
§ 4.07    Approaches to Complying with Obscenity and Child Pornography Laws
[1]    Doing Nothing
[2]    Providing Warnings to Users
[3]    Providing Filtering Software to Users
[4]    Special Considerations for Libraries and Schools
§ 4.08    Sexting and the Culture Clash Between Technology and Law

Privacy, Data Protection and Related Issues
§ 5.01    Introduction
§ 5.02    The Constitutional and Statutory Framework
[1]    Fourth Amendment
[2]    Fifth Amendment
[3]    Wiretap Statutes
[4]    Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Stored Communications Act
[5]    USA Patriot Act
[6]    Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act
[7]    Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
[8]    Cable Communications Policy Act
[9]    Video Privacy Protection Act
[10]    Privacy Act
[11]    Privacy Protection Act
[12]    Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act and Related Statutes
[13]    Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
[14]    Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
[15]    Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act
[16]    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
[16A]    Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act
[17]    Fair Credit Reporting Act
[18]    Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
[19]    Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
[20]    Federal Trade Commission Act
[21]    Restore Online Shoppers Confidence Act
[22]    E-Government Act
[23]     State Laws; Requirements Imposed on States by the Federal Government
[24]    Common Law Invasion of Privacy Torts
§ 5.03    Online Privacy and Public Policy Issues
[1]    Anonymity 
[2]    Consumer Privacy
[3]    Workplace Privacy
[4]    Journalism and Privacy
[5]    Expungement

§ 6.01    Introduction
§ 6.02    Copyrightable Material
[1]    Originality and Fixation
[2]    Statutory Categories of Works of Authorship
[3]    The Idea/Expression Dichotomy and Doctrine of Merger
§ 6.03    The Exclusive Rights of the Copyright Owner
[1]    The Right of Reproduction
[2]    The Right of Preparation of Derivative Works
[3]    The Right of Public Distribution
[4]    The Right of Public Performance
 [5]    The Right of Public Display
[6]    The Right of Public Digital Performance in Sound Recordings
[7]    Common Law Copyright and Preemption
[8]    The Fair Use Doctrine
[9]    Title I of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
§ 6.04    Duration, Formalities and Works in the Public Domain
[1]    Duration of Copyright Protection
[2]    Copyright Formalities
[3]    Works in the Public Domain
§ 6.05    Copyright Protection of Specialized Works
[1]    Compilations, Collective Works and Derivative Works
[2]    Computer Software
§ 6.06    [Reserved]
§ 6.07    Copyright Infringement
[1]    Direct, Contributory, Vicarious and Intentional Liability
[2]    Remedies for Infringement
[3]    Statute of Limitations and Discovering Online Infringement
§ 6.08    Exclusive Rights in the Online Context
[1]    The Right of Reproduction
[2]    The Right of Preparation of Derivative Works
[3]    The Right of Public Distribution
[4]    The Right of Public Performance
[5]    The Right of Public Display
§ 6.09    Copyright Implications of Online Activities
[1]    User Uploads
[2]    Granting Public Access to a Work
[3]    Browsing
[4]    Downloading
[5]    E-Mail and List Servers
[6]    Caching, Mirroring and Ephemeral Copies
[7]    Hyperlinking
[8]    Framing and Scraping
[9]    Pop-Up Advertising
§ 6.10    Copyright Liability of Online Service Providers
[1]    Direct Infringement
[2]    Contributory Infringement and the Safe Harbor Provisions of the DMCA
[3]    Vicarious Liability
[4]    Intentional Inducement Liability
[5]    The Appropriate Standard of Liability for Online Service Providers
§ 6.11    Distance Education—TEACH Act
§ 6.12    Copyright Preemption in the Online and New Media Context

Trademark and Unfair Competition Issues
§ 7.01    Introduction
§ 7.02    Trademark Infringement
[1]    Federal Trademark Infringement and False Advertising
[2]    State Trademark Infringement Laws
§ 7.03    Trademark Dilution
[1]    Pleading a Cause of Action
[2]    Defenses
[3]    Remedies
§ 7.04    False Advertising
[1]    Federal Cause of Action Under Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act
[2]    False Advertising and the Federal Trade Commission
[3]    State False Advertising Law—UDAP
§ 7.05    Right of Publicity
[1]    Pleading a Cause of Action
[2]    Defenses
[3]    Remedies
§ 7.06    Misappropriation and Other Common Law Unfair Competition Claims
[1]    Passing Off
[2]    Misappropriation
[3]    Other Anticompetitive Practices
§ 7.07    Unique Trademark Issues
[1]    Domain Names
[2]    Metatags
[3]    Linking and Framing
[4]    Gripe Sites and Fan Sites

Social Networking
§ 8.01    Introduction
§ 8.02    Privacy Considerations
§ 8.03    Social Networking and the First Amendment
§ 8.04    Social Networking in the Workplace
[1]    Employee Use of Social Networking
[2]    Employer Use of Social Networking
§ 8.05    Commercial Use of Social Networking
§ 8.06     Governmental Use of Social Networking
[1]    Government as a Social Networking Provider
[2]    Law Enforcement
§ 8.07    Children Online

§ 9.01    Federal Regulation
[1]    Federal Trade Commission Act
[2]    Electronic Funds Transfer Act of 1978
[3]    The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act
[4]    The Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act
[5]    Americans with Disabilities Act
[6]    Sales and Use Taxes
[7]    “Net Neutrality”
§ 9.02    State Regulation and Economic Protectionism
§ 9.03    Regulation of Specific Types of eCommerce
[1]    Alcohol Sales
[2]    Cigarette Sales
[3]    Payday Lending
[4]    Contact Lenses
[5]    Prescription Drugs
[6]    Automobiles
[7]    Appliance Sales
[8]    Gambling
[9]    Securities
[10]    Penny Auctions
§ 9.04    Virtual Currencies
[1]    Introduction
[2]    How Virtual Currencies Work
[3]    Virtual Currencies in the Real World
[4]    Legal and Regulatory Framework

Online Legal Ethics
§ 9A.01    Introduction
§ 9A.02    Multijurisdictional Practice
§ 9A.03    Virtual Law Practice
§ 9A.04    Online Communications and Confidences
[1]    Use of Electronic Communications
[2]    Use of Cloud Computing
[3]    Online Disclosure of Public Information
[4]    Online Disclosure or Receipt of Non-Public Information
[5]    Client Accesses Opposing Party’s Privileged Communications
§ 9A.05    Metadata
§ 9A.06    Online Advertising and Solicitation
[1]    Generally
[2]    Online Lawyer Directories and Listings
[3]    Lawyer Websites
[4]    Online Newsletters, Articles, Videos and Web Links
[5]    Promotion via Social Networking
[6]    Promotion via Blogging and Chat Rooms
[7]    Responding to Adverse Online Reviews
[8]    Online Discount Coupons
[9]    Texting
[10]    Non-Advertising Use of Social Media
§ 9A.07    Duty to Refrain from, and to Refrain from Assisting Clients in, Wrongful Conduct
§ 9A.08    Other Online Ethical Issues

Other Topics of Interest
§ 10.01    Jurisdiction
§ 10.02    Basis for Exercise of in Personam Jurisdiction
[1]    General Jurisdiction
[2]    Specific Jurisdiction
[3]    No Jurisdiction
§ 10.03    Jurisdiction in an Online Context
§ 10.04    Venue
§ 10.05    Online Service of Process and Service Issues
§ 10.06    Estate Planning in an Age of Online Assets

International Aspects of Internet Law
§ 11.01    Introduction
§ 11.02    International Treaties and Legal Conventions Applicable to Online Activity
[1]    World Intellectual Property Organization Treaties
[2]    The World Trade Organization Agreements
[3]    U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods
[4]    New York Convention
§ 11.03    Major Foreign Legal Provisions Affecting International Online Commerce
[1]    Foreign Privacy and Data Protection Laws
[2]    Foreign Data Retention Laws
[3]    Foreign Consumer Protection Laws
§ 11.04    Foreign Laws Regarding Freedom of Expression, Censorship, Content Suppression, and Defamation
§ 11.05    International Jurisdiction: Online Aspects
[1]    Outbound Jurisdictional Issues
[2]    Inbound Jurisdictional Issues
§ 11.06    International Conflicts of Law: Online Aspects
[1]    Enforcing One Country’s Court Judgments in Another Country
[2]    Applying National Law Extraterritorially
§ 11.07    Resolution of International Disputes: Online Aspects