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A growing number of Web sites focus on specific topics of Internet law. A good example, launched in March 2000, is CyberCrime, the Web site of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. The site provides in-depth coverage of issues such as encryption, electronic privacy laws, search and seizure of computers, e-commerce, hacker investigations, and intellectual property crimes, supplemented by libraries of full-text cases, laws and legal pleadings. Dedicated to the law of electronic banking on the Internet, Cyberbanking and Lawseeks to show how electronic banking works and to explain its legal framework. Sponsored by the Economics Law Laboratory, Luxembourg, and the Institute for Computer Law, Saarbrucken, Germany, the site addresses the technological and legal aspects in English, French and German. Features of the site include a journal with articles on Internet banking, the full text of statutes and decisions relating to online banking from countries throughout the world, a library of research papers, and an annotated collection of links to sites dealing with electronic banking and payment. DOMAIN NAMES For lawyers wanting to learn more about domain names, the best place to start is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is the nonprofit corporation formed in October 1998 to manage the Internet’s domain names and IP addresses. Its site provides detailed information on domain names, including the new “pro” domain approved in November 2000 for use by lawyers, doctors and accountants. A key feature is the section on resolution of domain-name disputes. Besides detailing the applicable rules and procedures, it tracks every case filed under the rules, showing the date filed, case number, name in dispute and final outcome, if any, along with a link to the full text of the decision or order, where available. 2B OR NOT 2B? That was the question that plagued the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in the late 1990s as its efforts to craft a Uniform Commercial Code provision on software licensing stirred controversy within the legal profession and the technology industry. The end result was not a UCC provision at all, but the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, which the NCCUSL approved in July 1999. Uniform Computer Information Transactions Actis a comprehensive site providing detailed information on the drafting process and the final act, and tracking its status as state legislatures consider its adoption. Carol A. Kunze, a California lawyer who participated in the drafting process, maintains the site. Two other useful sites focusing on specific areas of Internet law are: Internet Jurisdiction: A joint project of Chicago-Kent College of Law and the American Bar Association, this site is somewhat diffusely organized but hides a wealth of information on jurisdictional issues raised by the Internet. Follow the link to “Project Documentation” for substantive articles providing overviews of jurisdictional issues in various countries and for various areas of law. Then go to the page listing the project’s working groups. Each group has its own page, with its own collection of pertinent articles, court opinions, analysis, links and other materials. The Link Controversy Page : This is a comprehensive collection of links from sources throughout the world, intended to provide an overview of the legal problems of using hyperlinks, online images and frames on the Web. Links are mostly arranged by country, while a section devoted to specific linking cases collects links to news stories and articles pertaining to each case. Stefan Bechtold, a law professor at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, maintains the site. SCHOLARLY PERSPECTIVE For those seeking a scholarly perspective on Internet law, try Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research program founded in 1995 to explore, study and help develop cyberspace. Today, with a range of programs, the center’s most cutting-edge work may be in its open-platform projects, aimed at democratizing systems of governance, law and education. An example of this is Openlaw, an experiment in crafting legal argument in an open forum, in which Berkman lawyers develop arguments, draft pleadings, and edit briefs in public, online. Nonlawyers and lawyers alike are invited to join the process by adding thoughts to the “brainstorm” outlines, drafting and commenting on drafts in progress, and suggesting reference sources. Another academic resource is UCLA’s Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy. It features an extensive bibliography of books and journal articles in the field, with links to the actual works when they are available online. The site gives extensive coverage to controversial issues of Internet law, with sections devoted to topics such as Napster and obscenity. An outline organizes major cases, statutes and other developments by their topics, with links to full-text documents when possible, while a chronology traces key events in the development of Internet law during the decade of the 1990s. Robert J. Ambrogiis author of the forthcoming book, “The Essential Guide to the Best (and Worst) Legal Sites on the Web,”which can be ordered hrough Amazon.com.

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