BL-Chapter 17 - CHAPTER 17 INTERNET LAW AND E-COMMERCE...

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Unformatted text preview: CHAPTER 17 INTERNET LAW AND E-COMMERCE Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act Model state law that provides uniform and comprehensive rules for contracts involving: computer information transactions software licenses information licenses The Internet Collection of millions of computers that provide a network of electronic connections. Used to communicate information and data. The World Wide Web Millions of computers supporting HTTP-Hypertext Transfer Protocol. A website is composed of electronic documents known as webpage Web sites and pages are stored on servers operated by Internet service providers. Pages are viewed through web browsers . Facilitates online commercial activities. Electronic Mail Widely used application for communication over the Internet. Electronic writing. 1 Unique identifying address. Allows for instantaneous communication around the world. CAN-SPAM Act Prohibits falsified headers in e-mails. Prohibits deceptive subject limes. Allows recipients to opt-out. Requires labeling of sexually oriented e-mails. Administered by Federal Trade Commission. Internet Service Providers Companies providing access to Internet to individuals and businesses. Via dial-up, cable, DSL, broadband wireless, Ethernet, etc. Provide e-mail accounts, Internet access, storage on Internet. Under Communications Decency Act, ISPs not liable for content transmitted by e- mail users and websites. Online Privacy Electronic Communications Privacy Act A crime to intercept electronic communication at any point. An electronic communication includes any transfer of signals, writings, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature Makes it illegal to access stored e-mails as well as e-mail in transmission But 2 The party providing the internet access such as an employer, may access employees stored e-mail using employers service. Government and law enforcement may access when investigating criminal activity, with proper warrant. Domain Name Unique name that identifies an individuals or companys website. Memorable domain names may be valuable. May be registered by filing the appropriate form with the domain name registration service and paying the appropriate fee. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Aimed at cybersquatters who register Internet domain names of famous companies and people and hold them hostage by demanding ransom payments from the famous company or person. The name must be famous . The domain name was registered in bad faith courts consider the extend to which it resembles the holders name, whether goods or services were sold under the name, the holders offer to sell or transfer the name, and whether the holder has multiple domain names of famous things The act provides for the issuance of cease-and-desist orders and injunctions by the court A plaintiff has the option of seeking statutory damages between $1,000 to $300,000 3...
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BL-Chapter 17 - CHAPTER 17 INTERNET LAW AND E-COMMERCE...

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