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A User's Guide to the Stored Communications
Act - This article present a user's guide to the SCA, explaining in simple terms the structure and text of the Act so that
legislators, courts, academics, and students can understand how it works - and in some cases, how it doesn't work. It goes on to show how Congress needs
to amend the SCA and recommends three ways Congress should rethink the SCA to better protect the privacy of stored Internet communications,
clarify its protections, and update the statute for the present. By Orrin S. Kerr, George Washington University Law School.
Access Now - Defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. By combining innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, Access Now fights for open and secure communications for all.
Center for Internet and Society (CIS) - Founded in 2000 by Lawrence Lessig, the CIS is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School and
a part of Law, Science and Technology Program. CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security
researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote
or harm public goods like free speech, innovation, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. Also see CIS
Cybercrime - The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of
the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Defective by Design - A broad-based anti-DRM campaign
that is targeting Big Media, unhelpful manufacturers and DRM distributors. The campaign aims to make all manufacturers wary about bringing
their DRM-enabled products to market. DRM products have features built-in that restrict what jobs they can do. These products have
been intentionally crippled from the users' perspective, and are therefore "defective by design". This campaign will identify these "defective" products,
and target them for elimination.
Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998 [.pdf] - "A complex piece of legislation which
makes major changes in U.S. copyright law to address the digitally networked environment. The President is expected to sign the DMCA shortly. This
memorandum discusses the law's five titles which: (1) implement the WIPO Internet Treaties; (2) establish safe harbors for online service
providers; (3) permit temporary copies of programs during the performance of computer maintenance; (4) make miscellaneous amendments to the Copyright
Act, including amendments which facilitate Internet broadcasting; and (5) create sui generis protection for boat hull designs."
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Study - On October
28, 1998, H.R. 2281, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), was enacted into law. Section 104 of the DMCA directs the Register
of Copyrights and the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information to prepare a report for the Congress examining the effects
of the amendments made by title 1 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, (DMCA) and the development of electronic commerce
on the operation of sections 109 and 117 of title 17, United States Code, and the relationship between existing and emerging technology
and the operation of such sections.
DRM Watch - A summary of news events that affect the world of content rights management
and the Internet.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) - Organization working to protect our fundamental rights regardless
of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender
of those liberties.
Findlaw Cyberspace - Cyberspace law resources,
journals, law and government documents, agencies, mailing lists, news.
GigaLaw - Legal information and news for Internet professionals, high-tech
entrepreneurs and the lawyers who serve them.
igoldrush - A site dedicated to providing news and information about
domain names. Includes Domain Guide.
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) - Non-profit corporation formed to assume responsibility
for IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management, and root server system management functions.
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - ICANN is the non-profit
corporation formed to take over responsibility for IP address space allocation, protocol parameter assignment, domain name system management,
and root server system management functions now performed under U.S. Government contract by IANA and other entities.
Internet Jurisdiction - Background documents to an ABA project is committed
to describing current law from various national perspectives in a number of substantive legal areas, considering policy implications raised by these
laws, and developing suggestions for changes.
Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions - Features extensive summaries of over 600
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.
Internet Society (ISOC) - A a professional membership society with more than 150 organization and
16,000 individual members in over 180 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the
organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and
the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
InterNIC - Information regarding Internet domain name registration services, including the InterNIC FAQs.
Journal of Internet Law - A
monthly publication that provides practical analysis of the legal issues and business developments brought about by the emerging online systems and
Ken Withers - Researching computer-based disclosure and discovery
in civil litigation.
Learning Cyberlaw in Cyberspace - This site provides reading materials
for students studying the law as it applies to activities in cyberspace. The reading materials include edited cases, statutes, treaties, and law
review articles, as well as content written by the individual module authors.
Netlitigation - Designed for e-businesses and netizens
as well as lawyers, netlitigation.com is a tool for understanding how legal relationships and disputes are being transformed in the rapidly
evolving information economy.
Public Knowledge - Ensuring that U.S. intellectual property law and policy reflect the
"cultural bargain" intended by the framers of the constitution: providing an incentive to creators and innovators while benefiting the public through
the free flow of information and ideas. Public Knowledge is a new public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to fortifying and defending
a vibrant information commons. This Washington, D.C. based group works with wide spectrum of stakeholders - libraries, educators, scientists, artists,
musicians, journalists, consumers, software programmers, civic groups and enlightened businesses - to promote the core conviction that some fundamental
democratic principles and cultural values - openness, access, and the capacity to create and compete - must be given new embodiment in the digital
Soapy - A web browser plug-in that allows users to visit websites
blocked by SOPA by automatically redirecting them to the site's IP address. It focuses on the DNS-blocking technique favored
by oppressive regimes and middle management. Because this is designed to go around a complete block, HTTPS is disabled for sites
covered by this plugin.
Spam Laws - Compilation of laws related to unsolicited bulk and commercial e-mail ("spam") in the United
States, European Union and other countries.
TechnoLlama - Covers several cyberlaw topics, with emphasis on open licensing, digital rights, software protection, virtual worlds, and llamas.
Technology and Liberty - ACLU's Project on Speech, Privacy, and Technology monitors the interplay between cutting-edge technology and civil liberties, actively promoting responsible uses of technology that enhance privacy protection, while opposing those that undermine our freedoms and move us closer to a surveillance society.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science
and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 125,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search within individual pages.
KWSnet Twitter provides news, culture, environment, media, politics, sci-tech, society, #art, #comics, #politicalcartoon, #illustration, #botd, #obit, but KWSnet is taking an extended leave of absence from the social networking service; it is not posting there at this time.
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personal use. It is updated regularly.
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KWSnet may be contacted via email with any comments, suggestions or link submissions. KWSnet is designed and maintained, in its entirety, by Kirk W. Smith.