Internet law is becoming a very big area of specialization, with the surge in online businesses, e-book publishing, and intellectual property rights. Many refer to Internet law as Cyber Law. Laws governing the Internet require a unique structure as they may have to apply to multiple cultures. Many Internet sites are views in many different countries. There are already regulations that apply to the Internet as well as lawyers with cyber law practice management. National laws cannot be applied internationally. Some international agreements exist, but the Internet almost self-regulates.
If you own or run a website, Google has rules that you must follow to be affiliated with their company. Yahoo and other search engines have similar rules and regulations. If violate the rules, you can be banned from their sites. States, countries and international groups implement laws that govern the use of the Internet in their jurisdiction. Regulations apply to things like gambling online, child pornography and fraud.
Cyber-squatting is when someone buys up the domain names of well-known companies and holds them until the company wants to use them. This is not as big an issue as it used to be, before companies became internet savvy. They will offer to sell the domain for a hefty price. This is now a violation of the Anti-Cyber-squatting Consumer Act. It can be used to sue violators.
• Internet Fraud
Internet fraud is use the Internet to defraud individuals or take advantage of them. Stealing a person’s identity is a major type of Internet fraud. Someone may find your name, birth date, address and social security number online and set up accounts in your name or try to access your bank account online. After gaining access they steal your money by doing online purchases or transferring money out.
• Using a Person’s Name Online
The increase of social media sites and people sharing information about everything and everybody, has led to serious legal liability against the publishers of the information. This is an area of Internet Law that is gaining momentum. Many lawyers are specializing in the invasion of privacy issues on the Internet.