Vol. 12, No. 4, January 2010

Cyber Law

[Updated 7/09/12]


National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is an agency in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its primary responsibility is to advise the President on telecommunications and information policies, including management of spectrum requirements, both nationally and internationally. Topics include global information technology competition, retransmission disputes, broadband technology management, and digital conversion requirements. Also included are links to Federal Register Notices and FCC filings.

Electronic Commerce & Law Report

Formerly known as BNA's Internet Law News, Electronic Commerce & Law Report is a free daily e-mail summary of developments in Internet law with links to full text materials. Items are compiled by Professor Michael Geist, Canadian Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. In addition to daily summaries, highlights include occasional selections from other BNA publications. Summaries also provide links to other Websites where additional details and/or full text documents are available. The service is free, but registration is required.


JURIST is an online legal news service hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. It features continuously-updated U.S. and international legal news, expert commentary, key primary documents and news-related video. While JURIST covers many legal topics, click here for a direct link to the Cyber Law page of the publication.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

This page contains the text of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in various formats, as well as links to other FCC publications related to such topics as common carrier regulation, wireless communication, and broadband access. The 1996 Act is the first major overhaul of telecommunications law in the U.S. for more than 60 years. It deals with telephone service, cable programming, and Internet service providers. Text versions of FCC Proceedings to Implement the Act are also available at this site, as well as a link to the Office of the General Counsel.


BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology and intellectual property law. At this site, one will find complete copies of the U.S. Patent, Copyright and Trademark statutes, as well as regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations. BitLaw also provides converted versions of the the TMEP and MPEP (office manuals created by the U.S. Trademark and Patent Offices, respectively). Documents include links to relevant statutory and regulatory sections, as well an analysis of the impact of their effect on computer and technology industries. BitLaw is maintained by the law firm of Beck and Tysver, with the express goal of compiling information about technology law in a convenient, inter-linked format. Click here to go directly to the section on Internet Law.


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