For some reason, every time one says “lawyer” people tend to think of criminal law, family law or personal injury law. Perhaps because those are very common. Most people even understand the concept of a corporate or business lawyer, someone who handles trust and estates, or even one that handles intellectual property. However, when we say “Internet Law” many people get the most confused look on their face and say: “What the heck is that?” If that is you, you’re in good company. And, to be fair, the Internet really hasn’t been around all that long.
If you were to read the “IT law” page on Wikipedia you’d see a section related to “Internet Law” but even that page falls a little short on a solid explanation – mostly because the law that surrounds the Internet is incredibly vast and is always evolving.
When we refer to “Internet Law” we are really talking about how varying legal principles and surrounding legislation influence and govern the internet, and it’s use. For example, “Internet Law” can incorporate many different areas of law such as privacy law, contract law and intellectual property law…all which were developed before the internet was even a thing. You also have to think how the Internet is global and how laws and application of those laws can vary by jurisdiction.
Internet Law can include the following:
- Laws relating to website design
- Laws relating to online speech and censorship of the same
- Laws relating to how trademarks are used online
- Laws relating to what rights a copyright holder may have when their images or other content is placed and used online
- Laws relating to Internet Service Providers and what liabilities they may have based upon data they process or store or what their users do on their platforms
- Laws relating to resolving conflicts over domain names
- Laws relating to advertisements on websites, through apps, and through email
- Laws relating to how goods and services are sold online
As you can see just from the few examples listed above, a lot goes into “Internet Law” and many Internet Law attorneys will pick only a few of these areas to focus on because it can be a challenge just to keep up. Indeed, unlike other areas of law, “Internet Law” is not static and is always evolving.
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