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Law

The Internet is unique. Its roots are anchored in American soil, but its branches and leaves cover the globe. The simple act of sending an email to your next-door neighbor might have the document pass through servers around the world.

The imposition of laws and limitations on the Internet cannot be entirely in America's jurisdiction. The U.S. government claims regulatory power. So can every other country. Unlike traditional industries (where international law is well defined), the Net is a new, rapidly growing, ever-changing industry. The governing bodies of the world have not had enough time jointly or appropriately to understand the real issues, let alone take wise action. Consequently, users may unknowingly become subject to laws they may have never even heard of from countries they don't even know exists.


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