Your Rights Under the Internet Law By: Sannita S. Lam

Your Rights Under
the Internet Law
By: Sannita S. Lam
Protects the “original works of ownership”
Ensures that the company can compete in
the marketplace
Prevent unauthorized copying, sales, and
distribution of its product
to identify and distinguish the source of a good
or service
protect words, symbols, slogans, designs,
characters, packaging, sounds, smells, and
colors, as well as product configurations, as
used in commerce
protect against confusion in the market place
resulting from conflicting use of similar words or
symbols, among other things
an invasion of a person’s reputation and good
complaint for defamation may be based on a
false statement, spoken (slander) or written
(libel), that exposes a person to hatred,
contempt, or ridicule, or which cause a person
to be shunned or avoided, or which has a
tendency to injure that person in his or her
Electronic Communications
Privacy Act of 1986
Privacy Protection Act of 1980
Is the primary federal legal
protection against
unauthorized interception and
disclosure of electronic
communications, while in
transit or in storage.
Safeguards relating to
materials held by “a person
reasonably believed to have a
purpose” to publish a
newspaper, book, broadcast, or
similar public communication
Privacy Act of 1974
Fair Credit Reporting Act
of 1970
No government agency
may conceal the
existence of a personal
data record-keeping
Credits bureaus are
required to implement
and maintain procedures
to avoid reporting
obsolete or inaccurate
Right to Financial Privacy Act
Telephone Consumer
Protection Act of 1991
Financial institution may not
proved the government
“access to or copies of, or the
information contained in, the
financial records of any
customer except in accordance
with the provisions of “The
This Law makes it unlawful to
place a phone call using any
automatic telephone dialing
system or an artificial or
prerecorded voice to any
service for which the called
party is charged for the call
Computer Fraud and
Abuse Act
Wire Fraud
largely aimed at
protecting federal
government as well
as financial and
medical institution
a scheme to defraud
by means of false
Electronic Communications
Privacy Act of 1986
Sexual Exploitation of Children
prohibits unauthorized
interception and disclosure of
the content of the electronic
Federal law prohibits
employing, using, persuading,
including, enticing, or coercing
a minor to engage in any
sexually explicit conduct for
the purpose of producing any
visual depiction of such
Many professions have established
ethical rules and standards governing
the conduct of their members. The
advent of online technology has required
those responsible for developing these
rules and standards to educate
themselves about the new tools and
media and to determine how they fit
into the existing scheme and whether
some changes are necessary.