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Chapter 21. Legal Issues

(This chapter was written by Peter S. Carlisle. Peter is an attorney in Portland, Maine, specializing in the rep resentation of small businesses. His email address is peter@carlislesports.com)

The estimated number of Internet users in the U.S. and Canada as of July 1999 was approximately 110 million—more than double the number in June of 1997. While this volatile industry expands unfettered, the traditional means of governance for social and commercial interaction—the law—struggles to keep pace. Government legislation, the enactment of which is notoriously insensitive to the immediacy of social development and commercial innovation, and jurisprudence, a product of an even slower evolutionary process, must be applied to an industry that despite its ubiquity has only begun to define itself.


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