Internet Law: A Field Guide, Sixth Edition

This essential handbook offers a comprehensive exploration of the full spectrum of Internet Law, including trends and potential areas of liability. It offers guidance on protecting a Web site's content, recognizing trademark rights and avoiding infringement, registering and protecting domain names, ensuring CAN-SPAM Act and FTC privacy compliance, electronic contracts and digital signatures, and much more.

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Discover the answers you need to the growing list of legal questions surrounding Internet businesses and technological advances.

With a comprehensive index and a detailed table of contents, Internet Law: A Field Guide, Sixth Edition is designed to help you easily locate the legal information you need. Each topic is covered in detail and placed in context within more general areas of the law from which they arise. With this in hand, you’ll have the need-to-know information on current law, as well as details to help you spot likely trends for the future and potential areas of liability for yourself and your clients. Included with the Field Guide is a searchable CD-ROM with the complete contents of the book and full text of key statutes, regulations, and judicial opinions referenced in the Field Guide.

Internet Law: A Field Guide encompasses a wide range of legal issues—from First Amendment application to electronic signatures and contracts, from domain name disputes to advertising regulations. You’ll find all the information you need on compliance and liability in this one-stop source. Discover how to:

  • Protect a Web site’s content and uncover the unique risks of producing content for the Web
  • Recognize trademark rights, and avoid infringing upon the rights of others
  • Register and protect domain names
  • Ensure CAN-SPAM Act and FTC privacy compliance
  • Grasp the legal implications of globally accessible material and the legal jurisdictions that lawsuits fall under
  • Understand the latest developments in Internet taxation
  • Apply First Amendment Protections to Internet speech
  • ACPA, UDRP, and other domain name cases
  • Privacy and data collection regulations, including COPPA, HIPPA, ECPA, and the USA PATRIOT Act
  • Electronic contracts and digital signatures

The Sixth Edition of Internet Law: A Field Guide has been completely revised to capture developments in the law that occurred during 2007 and includes a new chapter on user-generated content. The law of the Internet is evolving rapidly, and the annually updated Field Guide is the best way to keep up to date.

Editions prior to 2006 were published by The Bradford Publishing Company, Denver, CO. Developed for the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses. Internet Law: A Field Guide is a “must have” legal reference for attorneys and industry professionals dealing with domestic and international issues as they relate to the Internet.


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

Jonathan D. Hart is a partner in Cooley’s Technology Transactions practice group and resident in the Washington, DC office. Mr. Hart was associated with Dow Lohnes, which merged with Cooley in 2014.



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Read what others have to say about this Bloomberg BNA book.

Jonathan Hart is one of the country’s leading experts on the legal issues surrounding Web publishing, and his special talent is that he can make it all understandable in plain English. His new book, Internet Law: A Field Guide, is a splendid example of this. Mr. Hart takes every current legal controversy surrounding Web publishing and makes them all crystal clear for the lay reader. This isn’t some dreamy, theoretical tract on how things should be, but a highly practical, readable guide to where things really stand when it comes to the online exercise of free speech, and such online legal issues as copyrights, trademarks, defamation, spam, and much more. Internet Law is an essential tool for anyone operating a Web site or service.

Walter Mossberg

Personal Technology Columnist, The Wall Street Journal

Jonathan Hart’s superb Internet Law: A Field Guide manages to walk the difficult balance between comprehensiveness and utility. The Field Guide is the rare, almost singular, work that covers an immense number of Internet-related legal issues with clarity, but is still manageable enough in size to be a true day-today desk reference for the practitioner. A law firm’s Internet law library is not complete without a copy of this essential work.

Kurt Wimmer

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Gannett Company, Inc., McLean, VA

Jon Hart’s Internet Law: A Field Guide is a tour de force. It maps with crystal clarity the rapidly developing landscape of Internet law. Thorough, thoughtful, and accessible, it serves as an essential resource in my own legal practice. I recommend it highly to both lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

Patrick Carome

Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC

The Field Guide is an essential resource for anyone grappling with the myriad legal issues generated by the developing world of Internet publishing. Whether you are a practitioner in the field or a lay person seeking a basic understanding of the issues, you will thoroughly enjoy Jonathan Hart’s organized, comprehensive, and clear exposition of this complex and fascinating topic.

Kenneth A. Richieri

Vice President and General Counsel, The New York Times Company, New York, NY