Internet Resources on Media Law (including Cyberspace)

Cases, Statutes and Regs
A list of links to online sources of cases, statutes and regulations compiled by Marshall K. Dyer, esq, editor of Netwatchers Cyberzine
Computer P rofessionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR)
"CPSR is a public-interest alliance of computer scientists and others interested in the impact of computer technology on society. As technical experts, CPSR members provide the public and policymakers with realistic assessments of the power, promise, and limitations of computer technology. As concerned citizens, we direct public attention to critical choices concerning the applications of computing and how those choices affect society."
Convergence between Telecom, Media and IT
A legal section of the European Commission's Information Society Website, this page features links to news and papers on the broad topic of convergence.
Convergence and Trans-European Networks: Some Policy Problems
A paper from Studies on Media Information and Telecommunication - Luxembourg.
Cyberlaw Encyclopedia
Actually a cyberlaw portal compiled by Canadian lawyer Alan Gahtan who specializes in information technology and electronic commerce, this site is organized by issue and links then point to articles etc.
Cyber Law Journal - New York Times
You must register --"free" you exchange personal information for access-- to read this page."Each Friday, Cyber Law Journal reflects on the legal issues raised by the Internet, including copyrights and trademarks, privacy, freedom of expression and restrictions on pornography and other content."
CyberLaw and CyberLex
This site contains the CyberLex and CyberLaw newsletters, sources for information and pointers to materials on law and computers.
Cyberspace Law Center
Categories include: Commerce, Privacy, CyberCrimes, Freedom of Expression, General Legal Resources, and Intellectual Property.
Cyberspace Law Subject Index
From the John Marshall Law School Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law - Links to Cases, Statutes, Law review articles, Other article,s Other materials, Links on an extensive list of topics.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
A non-profit civil liberties organization working in the public interest to protect privacy, free expression, and access to online resources and information.
Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier
This is the home page for a course offered at MIT during the 1994 and 1995 fall semesters. The course deals with the following topics: Computer Crime - Information and Intellectual Property - Encryption and National Security - Privacy Implications of Computer Networks - Computer Communications and Freedom of Expression
Federal Communications Law Journal
The Federal Communications Law Journal is the official journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association and is co-published by the Association and the Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington.
Five Reasons for Lawyers and Law Firms to be on the Internet
A hypertextual presentation by Peter Martin of Cornell, prepared for a New York City Bar Association workshop, held in April of 1994.
Freedom of Information Issues Resources
Organized by state, this resource site is maintained by the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions
"Our Internet Law Library features extensive summaries of court decisions shaping the law of the web; providing facts, analysis and pertinent quotes from cases of interest to those involved in New Media addressing copyright, trademark, dilution and other intellectual property issues, jurisdiction, linking, framing, meta tags, clip-art, defamation, domain name, e-mail, encryption, gambling, click-wrap agreements, shrink-wrap licenses, spamming and other subjects indexed below. To paraphrase Jack Webb, "just the law ma'am, and nothing but the law."
Internet Regulation
A section of the legal firm Blumenfeld and Cohen's Web site. "The resources made collected here on regulation of the Internet cover such issues as access charges, universal service and reform of the Internet Domain Name System ("DNS"), including a variety of briefs and other documents filed by B&C on behalf of its clients" See also their fairly comprehensive page of links to resources on communications law and policy on the Internet
Journal of Information, Law and Technology
Journal of Online Law
The Journal of Online Law ("JOL") is an electronic publication of scholarly essays about law and online communications-law and cyberspace. The first issue was released early in June, 1995.
Jurist: The Law Professor's Network
A rich site that features daily news, academic articles on first amendment, intellectual property and other topics, an excellent list of resources in their "Reference Desk," the "Resource Pages" connects you to Web sites by law professors organized by practice area and much more. A good candidate for your bookmarks file.
Michael Sherer's series on News Media and the Law
Media Law
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Multimedia and Entertainment Law Online News (MELON)
Full text articles written by attorneys, mostly from the sponsoring San Francisco firm, Idell, Berman & Seitel.
Multimedia Law
This site organizes a number of WWW resources focused on the protection of intellectual property, copyright, and trademark in the networked environment. It has a particular focus on developers of multimedia products including portions of the Multimedi a Law Handbook and pointers to John Erikson's Interactive Media Lab.


Computer Law Observer
The Computer Law Observer is distributed weekly for free and is designed for both nonlawyers and lawyers. The Observer covers a broad range of topics relating to computer law and the Internet such as intellectual property, licensing, privacy, Constitutional issues, crime, as well as a variety of other issues arising from doing business over the Internet. The Computer Law Observer is edited by William S. Galkin, Esq., who is an attorney in private practice. TO SUBSCRIBE, send an e-mail request to
The list is sponsored by the American Association of Law Schools section on mass communications law. "We hope to use this list to talk about substantive issues in communications law, and perhaps about communications law teaching. Legal and regulatory issues surrounding cable television, broadcasting, telephony, and the Internet and NII are all in order here. Hot topics include the emergence of the NII, the future of the "public trustee" concept and "public interest" regulation at the FCC, the legislative climate for a new cable/telco bill, and anything else that strikes you as interesting and within the field of communications law." The administrative address (for commands to the automated list-processing software) is Send questions about the discussions on the list to me (Jon Weinberg, Wayne State Univ.) at Send questions about difficulties with mail, or requests for technical assistance, to Mark Folmsbee (Washburn Univ.) at
Discussions on law and policy concerning computer networks. Send message "subscribe cyberia-l [Your Name]" to:
CYBER-RIGHTS - Campaign for Cyber Rights Cyberspace is the "coordination headquarters" for the global Cyber Rights campaign being conducted by CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.) CYBER-RIGHTS is moderated. To subscribe, send mail to LISTSERV@CPSR.ORG with the message SUBSCRIBE CYBER-RIGHTS your name, leaving the subject line blank.
Internet PRIVACY Forum
A moderated digest for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to the general topic of privacy (both personal and collective) in the "information age" of the 1990's and beyond. Topics include a wide range of telecommunications, information/database collection and sharing, and related issues, as pertains to the privacy concerns of individuals, groups, businesses, government, and society at large. The manners in which both the legitimate and the controversial concerns of business and government interact with privacy considerations are also topics for the digest.
Office of Technology Assessment
The Office of Technology Assessment provides access to the full text of reports, background papers, press releases, annual reports, and catalog information. The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment closed on September 29, 1995. Archives available at Princeton Univ.
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez - Northeastern University
the Oyez Project is a multimedia database of constitutional law cases from the U.S. Supreme Court. Audio files can be heard with a RealAudio player available free from
Perkins Coie Internet Case Digest
"This compilation of cases, together with a brief synopsis of each, is an effort to collate U.S. court cases and international cases of especially high interest that address specific issues of Internet-related law, or that reach decisions that, although not directly related to the Internet, have significant implications for Internet legal issues. Within each category, cases are in reverse chronological order; newest developments will be found at the top of each list. We try to keep this compilation up to date, and welcome news tips and suggestions."
Richmond Journal of Law & Technology
The Richmond Journal of Law & Technology is now online. The online law journal has no printed counterpart. The journal is edited by Lisa T. Hudson. The Journal is part of a coalition of online law journals that are in the process of developing standards for this medium. These standards will include footnoting, citing to the online versions of their journals, and format. Interestingly, the organization is using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) Keys to vouch for the authenticity of its documents. The first issue includes an article titled Trademarks Along the Infobahn: A First Look at the Emerging Law of Cybermarks by Dan L. Burk.
SEAMLESS Website (TSW, Inc.)
SEAMLESS contains links to many other legal resources; they also post articles concerning consumer law and cyberspace law issues.
Surfin' the Internet: Legal Issues of the Internet - Jeffrey Barton Cahn
Telecom Information Resources (Univ. of Michigan)
Contains references to information sources relating to the technical, economic, public policy, and social aspects of telecommunications. All forms of telecommunication, including, voice, data, video, wired, wireless, cable TV, and satellite, are included. The intent is to provide "high-level" pointers to other WWW servers, with a brief description of the type of information.
UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy
"The area of law known as Cyberspace Law (or "Cyberlaw") typically encompasses all cases, statutes, and constitutional provisions that impact persons and institutions when they go "online" and enter cyberspace. As disputes arise and the area of law evolves, six distinct components have emerged: Jurisdiction and Related Issues, Freedom of Expression, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Safety, and Equity."


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