TECHNOLOGY & INTERNET - Overview of the Law and Lawyers
Laws that oversee the growth and advancement of technology and the internet are generally complex in nature and come from a variety of sources. Particularly with internet cases, these laws may not be established quickly enough to keep pace with rapidly expanding use of the product. The legal system has relied on established legal principals from intellectual property and copyright law to protect creators and sellers of technology, and likewise updated all aspects of tort, contract, and criminal law to govern online business and behavior as best it can. Because technology is ever changing, it is important for any party with a dispute arising from the use, sale, or patent of technology and the internet to contact an experienced attorney.
There are many different types of technology performing a wide array of functions in society, but the common thread among all of them is they were invented or created for manufacture and sale. As such, much of technology law focuses on protecting ideas for new technology, regulating dangerous technology, and governing the business transactions involving technology. A technology attorney should be familiar with any relevant state or federal regulations governing use or development of technology, and be able to file and defend a patent ensuring the inventor and manufacturer of the technology receives proper protection from others misusing or stealing the ideas. Because most technology becomes a business product, the use and sale of licenses, contracts, consumers injured by technology, and taxes and fees for technology businesses all fall under technology laws.
Internet law is difficult to understand because it is constantly evolving as internet use does. Internet law constantly faces questions about consumer protection, internet censorship, intellectual property, and how to establish and defend internet property rights over websites or domain names. Almost every aspect of modern life is accessible over the internet; thus, almost every area of law must be adapted to include internet transactions, interactions, and offenses. An internet attorney will typically focus on helping a client who desires to use the internet to build a website or promote a business by establishing a protected domain name, designing a website that doesn't violate copyright laws, be wary of any government censorship regulations that apply to website content, be sensitive to privacy law for internet information, and be aware of any aspects of internet law that could influence the design and use of the client's website.