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This special report analyzes the legal complexities related to e-commerce. Issues such as open vs. closed proprietary software, arbitration and the online dispute resolution process are discussed.
Is Open Source the Beginning, or the End, of the Software Revolution? E-commerce involves not only the buying and selling of goods over the Internet, but is also a process of business communication through the application of technology to the automation of business transactions. And there is no greater debate regarding the flow of electronic commerce than that between the new open source paradigm, and the historic model of development of proprietary software within an enterprise. Contract Law, Arbitration Agreements and the Internet: Are They Compatible? Now that businesses have moved toward an increasing amount of e-commerce, courts have begun to address when an arbitration provision related to e-commerce is enforceable. The Online Dispute Resolution Process Itself Is a Component of E-Commerce One resolution to the legal difficulties raised by e-commerce has been the use of online dispute resolution processes — the application of Internet-related technologies such as e-mail, Web sites, chat rooms and e-messaging to resolve disputes that arise from Internet transactions. Thus, ODRP is both a disagreement determination procedure as well as a component of e-commerce itself.

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