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Introduction to Cyber Law

Posted by Ravi shankar on March 2, 2009

Cyber Law is a law governing cyber space. Cyber space is a very wide term and includes computer, networks, software, data storage devices (such as hard disks, USB disk etc), the Internet, websites, emails and even electronics devices such as cell phones, ATM machines etc.

Cyber law enforces the law relating to :
Cyber Crime, Electronics and Digital Signatures, Intellectual Property and Data Protection & Privacy.

Cyber Crime: The unlawful acts where the computer is used either as a tool or as a target or both. Ex: Crime incident in the ecommerce, online share trading.

Electronics Signatures: are used to authenticate electronic records. Digital signature are one type of electronic signature. Digital signatures statisfy three major legal requirements: Signer authentication , Message authentication and message integrity.

Some law covered in Cyber Law are:

Copyright Law: In relation to computer software, computer source codes, cell phone content etc.

Software and Source licences

Trademark law: With relation to domain name, meta tags, mirroring, framing, linking etc.

Patent Law: In relation to computer hardware and software.

Data protection and Privacy: The law aims to achieve a fair balance between the privacy rights of a individual and the interest of data controller.

This piece of information is from the resources in Asian School of Cyber Law website

http://www.asianlaws.org/index.htm

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