Internet and Technology Law: A U.S. Perspective

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Learn about Internet and technology law from a U.S. perspective. Topics include jurisdiction; privacy; copyright and trademark law; trade secrets and patents; free speech and obscenity; cybercrime.
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About the author

Konnie Kustron is a professor in the Paralegal Studies Program in the School of Technology Studies at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Professor Kustron received her B.S. with honors in pre-law from Michigan State University, and her J.D. from the Michigan State College of...


The Internet and technology present continuing challenges to U.S. law as technology often changes faster than the law can be rewritten. The ability to access, store and the transmit information electronically challenges the law with many new and interesting paradigms. This book reviews many of the legal challenges created by these new technologies. Topics include jurisdiction; privacy; copyright and trademark law; trade secrets and patents; free speech, defamation, and obscenity; and cybercrime. Each chapter includes a sample quiz, end of chapter questions, and additional learning opportunities.

  1. Jurisdiction Defined
    1. Overview
    2. Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    3. Personal Jurisdiction
    4. Long Arm Statute
    5. Minimum Contacts
    6. Purposeful Availment
    7. Summary
    8. Key Terms
    9. Chapter Discussion Questions
    10. Additional Learning Opportunities
    11. Test Your Learning
  2. Privacy
    1. Introduction
    2. Threats to Privacy
    3. Sources of Privacy Law
    4. U.S. Constitution and Amendments
    5. State Constitutions
    6. Common Law Torts
    7. Federal and State Laws
    8. Administrative Agency Rules and Regulations
    9. Summary
    10. Key Terms
    11. Chapter Discussion Questions
    12. Additional Learning Opportunities
    13. Test Your Learning
  3. Copyright and Trademark Law
    1. Introduction
    2. What is a Copyright?
    3. Registration
    4. What Is A Trademark?
    5. Federal Registration Benefits
    6. Rights of Mark Ownership
    7. Trademark Symbols
    8. Additional Registration Steps
    9. Reasons for Registration Refusal
    10. Notice of Publication
    11. Federal Trademark Dilution Act
    12. Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act
    13. Summary
    14. Key Terms
    15. Chapter Discussion Questions
    16. Additional Learning Opportunities
    17. Test Your Learning
  4. Trade Secrets and Patents
    1. What is a Trade Secret?
    2. Protecting the Trade Secret
    3. Length of Protection
    4. Legal History
    5. Uniform Trade Secrets Act
    6. Disputes
    7. Remedies
    8. Additional Federal Laws
    9. What is a Patent?
    10. America Invents Act
    11. Patent Rights
    12. Categories of Patentable Subject Matter
    13. USPTO
    14. Patentability
    15. Types of Patents
    16. Application Process
    17. Infringement
    18. International Considerations
    19. Summary
    20. Key Terms
    21. Chapter Discussion Questions
    22. Additional Learning Opportunities
    23. Test Your Learning
  5. Free Speech, Defamation & Obscenity
    1. Introduction
    2. Obscenity
    3. Roth v. United States
    4. Miller v. California
    5. Communications Decency Act of 1996
    6. Reno v. ACLU 1
    7. Child Pornography Prevention Act of 1996
    8. Child Online Protection Act of 1998
    9. The Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000
    10. Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988
    11. Defamation
    12. Elements
    13. Libel Per Se
    14. Defenses
    15. Free Speech and Social Media
    16. Free Speech and Work
    17. Summary
    18. Key Terms
    19. Chapter Discussion Questions
    20. Additional Learning Opportunities
    21. Test Your Knowledge
  6. Cybercrime
    1. Overview
    2. Types of Crimes
    3. Crimes Against a Person/Business
    4. Crimes Against Property
    5. Case Study One
    6. Case Study Two
    7. Case Study Three
    8. Case Study Four
    9. Federal Legislation
    10. Summary
    11. Key Terms
    12. Chapter Discussion Questions
    13. Additional Learning Opportunities
    14. Test Your Learning
A keeper. Easy to read.
February 23, 2015 at 3:00 AM
Tremendous. Very informative.
February 22, 2015 at 3:16 PM
Nice overview of Internet law. A keeper!
February 1, 2015 at 1:40 PM
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