The Internet is changing the way people communicate and the way companies dobusiness. At the same time, it is transforming the law. Whether you buy or sellgoods and services online, publish information via the World-Wide Web, exchangemessages via e-mail, electronically distribute digital content, or makepayments online, you will be faced with new legal questions that arechallenging businesses and attorneys alike. Written for the layperson, but extensively annotated for the experiencedlawyer, 'Online Law 'provides clear guidance through the rapidlydeveloping law of electronic commerce. Based on sound legal principles, thiscomprehensive handbook draws on the extensive knowledge of experiencedattorneys at the forefront of today's emerging online legal issues.'Online Law'provides answers to the toughest online legal questions, such as: What rules govern advertising online? What are the legal issues involved in setting up a Web site? How do you create and enforce online contracts? How can you use digital signatures to facilitate electronic commerce? Who owns the rights to online information? When can you 'borrow' online materials from others? What are the rules for using sexually explicit material on the Net? What constitutes illegal conduct online? Can employers legally read their employees' e-mail?A collaborative effort, 'Online Law 'was written by the attorneysof the Information Technology Law Department at McBride Baker & Coles andsponsored by the Software Publishers Association. Thomas J. Smedinghoff, J.D., editor and lead author of 'OnlineLaw, ' cochairs the Information Technology Law Department of the Chicagolaw firm of McBride Baker & Coles, chairs the Electronic Commerce andInformation Technology Division of the American Bar Association, and serves asintellectual property counsel to the Software Publishers Association. He is theauthor of 'The Software Publishers Association Legal Guide to Multimedia'(Addison-Wesley, 1994). The Software Publishers Association is the principaltrade association of the PC software industry. With over 1,200 membercompanies, it has been a leading force in fostering electronic commerce andprotecting intellectual property in a digital world. 0201489805B04062001 As online communities continue their accelerated growth rate, rules governing behaviour need to be clarified. Issues such as computer fraud and crime, copyright infringement, obscenity, pornography, privacy, defamation and liability are being faced on a daily basis by end users and online information and service providers. This text gives guidance for both vendors and consumers for transacting business on the Net. It also covers concerns such as electronic contracts, taxes, buying and selling goods, mailing payments, and liability for information.