Cyberspace and the Law

Cyberspace and the Law

Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World

By Edward Cavazos and Gavino Morin





What legal recourse do you have if someone has read your private e-mail without your consent? Who owns the copyright to the message you just posted on a bulletin board? Can you get into trouble for downloading a sexually explicit file? These are among the many questions that the authors, both practicing attorneys, address in Cyberspace and the Law. Without resorting to confusing legalese, they present a clear and concise analysis of legal issues in the anarchic world of cyberspace for members of the on-line world who have little or no legal background. The introduction provides a quick tour of cyberspace (on-line services, bulletin board systems, private systems, and networks) and activities (e-mail, public messaging systems, software exchange, electronic publishing, entertainment, chat, educational and research services, and commercial applications). Cavazos and Morin then take up electronic privacy issues including anonymity and both statutory and common law approaches to protecting private communications (featuring a discussion of Steve Jackson Games v. United States Secret Service); the virtual marketplace of electronic contracts and credit card transactions; copyright law in an uncharted new world; freedom of speech; adult material (digitized images, animated sequences, sexually explicit text, "hot chat"); and cyber-crimes.


$35.00 X ISBN: 9780262531238 230 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


  • Cavazos and Morin have provided a much-needed primer for nonlawyers trying to navigate their way through this unchartered territory. This book provides answers to many of the legal questions sysops and users ask on aregular basis.

    Shari Steele

    Director of Legal Services, Electroinc Frontier Foundation

  • The ever-growing world on on-line communications is strange and sometimes hazardous. This clear and lucid little book will teach you to recognize trouble in cyberspace. If you're a sysop, cybercop, or just a venturesome sould with a modem, you need this book. You may be closer to trouble than you think.

    Bruce Sterling

    author of The Hacker Crackdown: Law and disorder on the Electronic Frontier

  • Cyberspace and the Law is clear, comprehensive and up-to-date. Any user of the Internet, or of smaller bulletin board systems, will find it fascinating. Any administrator or system operator will find it invaluable.

    Steve Jackson

    Founder of Illuminati Online


  • Winner, 1994, category of Computer Science, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc.