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Chasing Shadows: The Human Face Behind The Cyber Threat, Jim Chirsty Dec 2000

Chasing Shadows: The Human Face Behind The Cyber Threat, Jim Chirsty

Federal Communications Law Journal

Book Review: Tangled Web: Tales of Digital Crime From the Shadows of Cyberspace, Richard Power, Que, 2000, 450 pages.

Richard Power’s Tangled Web: Tales of Digital Crime from the Shadows of Cyberspace presents a comprehensive account of computer crime. The book unveils and explores in meticulous detail the nature and scope, and—more importantly—the tremendous potential that common criminals, terrorists, and nation-states now have at their fingertips. This Review describes Tangled Web as a must-read for all cyber cops, prosecutors, and information technology heads and policy-makers.


Exemptions To The European Union Personal Data Privacy Directive: Will They Swallow The Directive?, Stephen A. Oxman Dec 2000

Exemptions To The European Union Personal Data Privacy Directive: Will They Swallow The Directive?, Stephen A. Oxman

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

This Note analyses the probable effectiveness of the European Union Data Protection Directive, which was passed in order to curtail the invasion of personal privacy that has accompanied the development of the Internet, in light of three potentially expansive exemptions contained within the Directive. The author concludes that the goals of the Directive will be achieved only if Member States interpret these exemptions restrictively when enacting legislation pursuant to the Directive.


The European Commission’S Directive On Electronic Signatures: Technological “Favoritism” Towards Digital Signatures, Andrew Barofsky Dec 2000

The European Commission’S Directive On Electronic Signatures: Technological “Favoritism” Towards Digital Signatures, Andrew Barofsky

Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

The increasing use of e-commerce generally is considered a positive trend that should be fostered. Yet, many lawmakers believe that laws requiring signatures to authenticate certain transactions represent obstacles to e-commerce and threaten to keep it from reaching its full potential. In the European Union, several Member States have drafted or enacted "electronic signature" laws to define the legal validity of electronic signatures. However, many of these laws are taking diverging approaches, thus creating an inconsistent framework for electronic signatures. In response, the European Commission recently adopted a directive to provide a common framework for electronic signatures. In its present ...


Proactive Legislation And The First Amendment, Stuart Minor Benjamin Nov 2000

Proactive Legislation And The First Amendment, Stuart Minor Benjamin

Michigan Law Review

It is a commonplace that the world is changing rapidly, with whole sectors of the economy being transformed. New forms of communication, like the World Wide Web, e-mail, and satellite television, have risen from obscurity to ubiquity in less than a decade. The speed of these changes has led some to express concern about the ability of governments to respond. The fear is that governments cannot keep up with developments as they occur and thus get hopelessly behind. The solution, according to some, is for the government to act proactively - before a harm has arisen, so that the government can ...


Www.Wildwest.Gov: The Impact Of The Internet On State Power To Enforce The Law, Terrence Berg Nov 2000

Www.Wildwest.Gov: The Impact Of The Internet On State Power To Enforce The Law, Terrence Berg

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Internet Down Under: Can Free Speech Be Protected In A Democracy Without A Bill Of Rights, Robert Trager, Susan Turner Oct 2000

The Internet Down Under: Can Free Speech Be Protected In A Democracy Without A Bill Of Rights, Robert Trager, Susan Turner

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

No abstract provided.


Icravetv And The New Rules Of Internet Broadcasting, Michael A. Geist Oct 2000

Icravetv And The New Rules Of Internet Broadcasting, Michael A. Geist

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

No abstract provided.


Annotating The News: Mitigating The Effects Of Media Convergence And Consolidation, Eric Easton Oct 2000

Annotating The News: Mitigating The Effects Of Media Convergence And Consolidation, Eric Easton

All Faculty Scholarship

This essay is a personal inquiry into the nature of media technology, law, and ethics in an era marked by the convergence of media that have been largely separate-print, broadcast, cable, satellite, and the Internet-and by the consolidation of ownership in all of these media. What inventions, practices, and norms must emerge to enable us to take advantage of this vast new information-based world, while preserving such important professional values as diversity, objectivity, reliability, and independence?

The right to know belongs not only to individuals, but to the public at large, it can (or, perhaps, must) be vindicated by government ...


Internet Casinos: A Sure Bet For Money Laundering, Jon L. Mills Oct 2000

Internet Casinos: A Sure Bet For Money Laundering, Jon L. Mills

UF Law Faculty Publications

Since the end of World War II, American society has seen the emergence of technology promising to make life easier, better and longer lasting. The more recent explosion of the Internet is fulfilling the dreams of the high-tech pundits as it provides global real-time communication links and makes the world's knowledge universally available. Privacy concerns surrounding the develop-ment of the Internet have mounted, and in response, service providers and web site operators have enabled web users to conduct transactions in nearly complete anonymity. While anonymity respects individual privacy, anonymity also facilitates criminal activities needing secrecy. One such activity is ...


Doctoring Prescriptions: Federal Barriers To Combating Prescription Drug Fraud Against On-Line Pharmacies In Washington, Eric M. Peterson Oct 2000

Doctoring Prescriptions: Federal Barriers To Combating Prescription Drug Fraud Against On-Line Pharmacies In Washington, Eric M. Peterson

Washington Law Review

Prescription drug abuse represents a significant portion of drg abuse in the United States. Drug-seeking individuals alter, steal, or forge prescriptions to sustain their own dependence on prescription medications or to divert the drugs to sell to others at inflated rates. On-line pharmacies are a relatively new source for prescription medications and a potential target for prescription drug fraud. The federal government recently enacted the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN), which governs electronic signatures and preempts inconsistent provisions of state laws, such as the Washington Electronic Authentication Act (WEAA). WEAA is a legal framework that could ...


The Initial Interest Confusion Doctrine And Trademark Infringement On The Intemet, Byrce J. Maynard Sep 2000

The Initial Interest Confusion Doctrine And Trademark Infringement On The Intemet, Byrce J. Maynard

Washington and Lee Law Review

No abstract provided.


Are We Overprotecting Code? Thoughts On First-Generation Internet Law, Orin S. Kerr Sep 2000

Are We Overprotecting Code? Thoughts On First-Generation Internet Law, Orin S. Kerr

Washington and Lee Law Review

No abstract provided.


Should It Be A Free For All? The Challenge Of Extending Trade Dress Protection To The Look And Feel Of Web Sites In The Evolving Internet , Xuan-Thao N. Nguyen Aug 2000

Should It Be A Free For All? The Challenge Of Extending Trade Dress Protection To The Look And Feel Of Web Sites In The Evolving Internet , Xuan-Thao N. Nguyen

American University Law Review

No abstract provided.


Electronic Billboards Along The Information Superhighway: Liability Under The Lanham Act For Using Trademarks To Key Internet Banner Ads, Christine Galbraith Davik Jul 2000

Electronic Billboards Along The Information Superhighway: Liability Under The Lanham Act For Using Trademarks To Key Internet Banner Ads, Christine Galbraith Davik

Faculty Publications

With almost one billion web pages on the Internet today, a search engine is a necessity at times. But search engines are also for-profit ventures and the financial success of these sites hinges on advertising revenue. One of the ways in which these sites generate income is by selling “keywords” to advertisers. Although there has been only one judicial decision – Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Netscape Communications – involving banner ads keyed to trademarks, it will undoubtedly not be the last. This article argues that despite the invisible nature of this unauthorized trademark use, the common practice of keying a banner ad ...


Electronic Billboards Along The Information Superhighway: Liability Under The Lanham Act For Using Trademarks To Key Internet Banner Ads, Christine D. Galbraith Jul 2000

Electronic Billboards Along The Information Superhighway: Liability Under The Lanham Act For Using Trademarks To Key Internet Banner Ads, Christine D. Galbraith

Boston College Law Review

With almost one billion web pages on the Internet today, a search engine is a necessity at times. But search engines are also forprofit ventures and the financial success of these sites hinges on advertising revenue. One of the ways in which these sites generate income is by selling "keywords" to advertisers. Although there has been only one judicial decision—Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Netscape Communications— involving banner ads keyed to trademarks, it will undoubtedly not be the last. This Article argues that despite the invisible nature of this unauthorized trademark use, the common practice of keying a banner ad ...


Deconstructing The Debate Over State Taxation Of Electronic Commerce, Walter Hellerstein Jul 2000

Deconstructing The Debate Over State Taxation Of Electronic Commerce, Walter Hellerstein

Scholarly Works

Elsewhere on these pages, the distinguished economist Charles McLure begins his contribution to the debate over taxation of electronic commerce by observing that “America is focusing on the wrong issues in debating the taxation of electronic commerce ....” He proceeds to provide a fundamental critique of the states' existing sales tax regimes and he lays out a roadmap for radical reform of the system that would, in the course of curing the basic defects in the existing state sales tax structure, incidentally resolve many of the issues that currently dominate the debate over taxing electronic commerce. I do not disagree with ...


Establishing A Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy In Clickstream Data, Gavin Skok Jun 2000

Establishing A Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy In Clickstream Data, Gavin Skok

Michigan Technology Law Review

This Article argues that Web users should enjoy a legitimate expectation of privacy in clickstream data. Fourth Amendment jurisprudence as developed over the last half-century does not support an expectation of privacy. However, reference to the history of the Fourth Amendment and the intent of its drafters reveals that government investigation and monitoring of clickstream data is precisely the type of activity the Framers sought to limit. Courts must update outdated methods of expectation of privacy analysis to address the unique challenges posed by the Internet in order to fulfill the Amendment's purpose. Part I provides an overview of ...


Looking A Gift Horse In The Mouth: An Analysis Of Free Internet Stock Offerings, Joel Michael Schwarz Jun 2000

Looking A Gift Horse In The Mouth: An Analysis Of Free Internet Stock Offerings, Joel Michael Schwarz

Michigan Technology Law Review

How much should an investor pay for one share of stock in Yahoo? Or a share of stock in America Online? As publicly traded companies, one need only consult the stock charts in any local newspaper to determine the value the market has placed on these shares. Despite what many Internet sector analysts have professed to be astronomically high valuations, these publicly traded companies possess easily verifiable valuations determined by the free market forces that constitute the building blocks of our economy, and safeguarded by the oversight of federal regulators such as the Securities & Exchange Commission ("SEC"). But what about ...


Telemedicine: Rx For The Future Of Health Care, Susan E. Volkert Jun 2000

Telemedicine: Rx For The Future Of Health Care, Susan E. Volkert

Michigan Technology Law Review

Quite simply, telemedicine symbolizes and catalyzes the clash between the reality of our legal and political approach to health care and the American dream of bringing health care to all patients. Telemedicine, like our health care delivery systems, is regulated by many layers of government. Unlike other issues, telemedicine cuts through and challenges the traditional controls of access and cost. As such, telemedicine is a microcosm of our health care delivery system and a lens through which one may analyze the obstacles to access in the current system. This article examines these issues, proposes that telemedicine's goal should be ...


Plotting The Return Of An Ancient Tort To Cyberspace: Towards A New Federal Standard Of Responsibility For Defamation For Internet Service Providers, Christopher Butler Jun 2000

Plotting The Return Of An Ancient Tort To Cyberspace: Towards A New Federal Standard Of Responsibility For Defamation For Internet Service Providers, Christopher Butler

Michigan Technology Law Review

Though the rapid development of the Internet has created a fertile ground for legal innovation, more often than not legislators and courts have sought to address this relatively new medium by attempting to squeeze it into precedents and paradigms better suited to older forms of communication, technology, and media. Part I of this article looks back at the courts' initial efforts at addressing defamation via the Internet. From the start the courts attempted to fit the role of the ISP into the common law's categorizing of print media as either "publishers" or "distributors" of information. One court's misstep ...


Limiting Tort Liability For Online Third-Party Content Under Section 230 Of The Communications Act, Jonathan A. Friedman, Francis M. Buono May 2000

Limiting Tort Liability For Online Third-Party Content Under Section 230 Of The Communications Act, Jonathan A. Friedman, Francis M. Buono

Federal Communications Law Journal

Section 230 of the Communications Act provides online service providers (OSPs) with immunity from liability for harms arising from third-party content that is made available through an OSP's services. Some courts have recently held that section 230 immunity covers not only defamation but any tort claim that would make an OSP liable for information originating from the OSP's users or commercial partners. This Article argues that section 230 has been properly interpreted by the courts and that, contrary to the claims of critics, those decisions have not created a disincentive for OSPs aggressively to monitor their sites for ...


When Channel Surfers Flip To The Web: Copyright Liability For Internet Broadcasting, Baoding Hsieh Fan May 2000

When Channel Surfers Flip To The Web: Copyright Liability For Internet Broadcasting, Baoding Hsieh Fan

Federal Communications Law Journal

Digital streaming capabilities have enabled real-time Internet transmission of video signals. The advent of "Webcasting" will potentially change the way in which programming reaches audiences-increasing diversity in content as well as customer choice. Currently, cable and satellite systems secure retransmission rights to broadcast programming through statutory copyrights, and debate has ensued over whether online retransmitters should benefit from the same. This Article describes the evolution of streaming video over the Internet and examines the economic exploitation of such technology. After offering an overview of the compulsory copyright system, the Article analyzes the applicability of statutory licenses to Internet retransmissions of ...


Computer Code Vs. Legal Code: Setting The Rules In Cyberspace, Mark S. Nadel May 2000

Computer Code Vs. Legal Code: Setting The Rules In Cyberspace, Mark S. Nadel

Federal Communications Law Journal

Book Review: Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace, by Lawrence Lessig, Basic Books, 1999, 230 pages.


The Internet And The Family: The View From Parents, The View From Kids, Joseph Turow, Lilach Nir May 2000

The Internet And The Family: The View From Parents, The View From Kids, Joseph Turow, Lilach Nir

Departmental Papers (ASC)

No abstract provided.


At The Intersection Of Visible And Invisable Worlds: United States Privacy Law And The Internet, Dorothy J. Glancy May 2000

At The Intersection Of Visible And Invisable Worlds: United States Privacy Law And The Internet, Dorothy J. Glancy

Faculty Publications

The purpose of this essay is to consider some characteristics ofUnited States privacy law that contribute to the obscurity of many intersections between the Internet and privacy law. This discussion is not an exhaustive catalogue of all of the ways in which United States privacy law may apply to Internet activities. Nor is it intended to be
an evaluation of the effectiveness of this privacy law. Rather, the point here is to explore why the application of privacy law to the Internet is a matter of considerable complexity and some uncertainty.
The focus is on certain characteristics of privacy law ...


The Direct Marketing Model And Virtual Identity: Why The United States Should Not Create Legislative Controls On The Use Of Online Consumer Personal Data, Shaun A. Sparks May 2000

The Direct Marketing Model And Virtual Identity: Why The United States Should Not Create Legislative Controls On The Use Of Online Consumer Personal Data, Shaun A. Sparks

Penn State International Law Review

No abstract provided.


Business-Only E-Mail Policies In The Labor Organizing Context: It Is Time To Recognize Employee And Employer Rights, Allegra Kirsten Weiner May 2000

Business-Only E-Mail Policies In The Labor Organizing Context: It Is Time To Recognize Employee And Employer Rights, Allegra Kirsten Weiner

Federal Communications Law Journal

Cyberspace changed communication in the workplace. Now that employees are on employers' e-mail systems, union organizers can contact employees in the workplace, during working hours, without any of the obstacles that more traditional forms of union communication impose. Of course this new technologically-advanced labor organizing is ideal for the labor organizers, but it also interferes with the rights of employers. Which groups interests' prevail? Unfortunately there is no precedent. Normally, adherence to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions is the answer but no case has come before the NLRB that solves this issue. Therefore, employers and employees are left ...


Www.Franchisedisclosure.Com: Assessing The Ftc's Proposed Franchise Rule Provisions Involving Electronic Disclosure, Perry C. Siatis May 2000

Www.Franchisedisclosure.Com: Assessing The Ftc's Proposed Franchise Rule Provisions Involving Electronic Disclosure, Perry C. Siatis

BYU Law Review

No abstract provided.


Racial Profiling In The Persian Gulf: Ethical, Moral, And Legal Implications, Editor Apr 2000

Racial Profiling In The Persian Gulf: Ethical, Moral, And Legal Implications, Editor

International Bulletin of Political Psychology

This article describes attributions about race and ethnicity that color the discourse on the ethics, morality, and legality of profiling.


Legal And Ethical Issues Related To The Use Of The Internet In K-12 Schools, Nancy Willard Mar 2000

Legal And Ethical Issues Related To The Use Of The Internet In K-12 Schools, Nancy Willard

Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal

Supplemental Files:

  • Recommended District Internet Policy and Regulations
  • Student Internet Policy Handbook Template
  • Sample Student Account Agreement
  • Sample Guest Account Agreement
  • Sample Letter to Parents or Guardians