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Cyberlaw Book Review / RSS Validator - WebReference Update - 021024

WebReference Update: October 24, 2002

This week review a new book on Internet law dubbed "The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law" by Doug Isenberg. Doug has written for us in the past, and continues to write well in his new book on cyberlaw. The big news this week was the DDOS attach on the 13 root servers of the Internet. While seven of these key servers were overwhelmed with traffic, four kept the Internet humming, as they were designed. Some theorize that this was just a probe, as it only lasted for an hour.

Mark Pilgrim and Sam Ruby have done the RSS community a favor. They've released a robust RSS Validator so you can check your RSS news feeds, including versions 0.91 through 2.0. Bravo. The W3C is rumored to be working on an updated version of their XHTML validator.*- link to us today*- newsletter home*- submit article

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1. BOOK REVIEW:  The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law

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1. BOOK REVIEW: The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law

This book is a great introduction to the emerging issues of Internet-related law. Everything from copyright law, domain names and trademarks, patents, privacy, free speech, contracts, and employment law are covered in this latin- and lingo-free guide to Net law. Developers will be especially interested in the sections on copyright, domain names and trademarks, and contracts.

For example, hiring a design firm without a contract may mean that they own the copyright to your web site. The proper copyright notice must include the original year the work was published, not just the current one. For example:

Copyright 2002 Andrew B. King

Relevant laws are cited and explained, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, and the "E-Signature" Act.

The book starts well, citing copyright (Playboy v. Sanfilippo) and cybersquatting (Electronics Boutique v. Zuccarini) case studies. I found myself chuckling at the audacity of the defendants in their brazen copying of Playboy's nude images and squatting trademarked domains.

The author and six expert contributors (many of which are on GigaLaw's Editorial Board) do a fine job highlighting major case law and issues that face developers (and lawyers) on the Internet today. While no substitute for hiring a lawyer, this book shows what to avoid, and what to do to protect yourself. At the very least it will save you the $17.95 price of the book in legal fees. Recommended.

The GigaLaw Guide to Internet Law
by Doug Isenberg, et al.
Random House, $17.95
ISBN: 0-8129-9198-2

2. OTHER VOICES:  Interview: Marissa Mayer, Product Manager, Google
RSS Validator
Introduction to CSS shorthand properties

3. NET NEWS:  Attack On Internet Called Largest Ever
Co-Inventor of XML Says Office 11 is "A Huge Step Forward for Microsoft"
Encryption method getting the picture

That's it for this Thursday, see you next time.

Andrew King
Newsletter Editor,
aking at jupitermedia dot com

Created: October 24, 2002
Revised: October 24, 2002