Cyberspace and the Law

Course Catalog Number: 
5404
Course Credits: 
3
Course Type: 
Lecture
Course Priority: 
General Enrollment Course
Standard Courses

As the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) become more central to the world's commercial, social and cultural life, it makes sense to speak of a new dimension in the ways people communicate and express themselves, conduct business, and organize themselves in pursuit of mutual interests via the Global Information Infrastructure: Cyberspace. This course will examine the legal and policy issues arising in connection with Cyberspace, including: protecting privacy expectations in internet communications; protecting intellectual property in and fair use of materials published in Cyberspace; information torts and jurisdictional issues occasioned by world wide computer networks; issues of protected speech, defamatory speech, and the treatment of pornography; and commercial transactions in Cyberspace.