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The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence

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If you actively use the internet to advance your business and professional endeavors, you are a cyber citizen and this book is for you. As a good cyber citizen, you want to stay legal online and protect your online interests. The Cyber Citizen’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle addresses legal issues that arise during each step of establishing and maintaining your professional online presence whether you blog, podcast, operate a website, publish an email newsletter, host a fan site, or offer original content on a social networking site.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Other Books By Joy R. Butler
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Summary Table of Contents
  7. Table of Contents
  8. Guidelines and Cautions for The Use of This Book
  9. Part One: Establishing Your Online Presence
    1. 1. Introduction
      1. 1.1. Are You a Cyber Citizen?
      2. 1.2. Who Should Read This Book?
      3. 1.3. How to Use This Book
    2. 2. Checklist of Legal Issues for the Cyber Citizen
  10. Part Two: Knowing Your Online Rights and Responsibilities
    1. 3. Protecting Your Online Content
      1. 3.1. Copyright Law Basics
      2. 3.2. Your Exclusive Rights in Your Copyrighted Work
      3. 3.3. What Is Not Protected by Copyright?
      4. 3.4. Who Owns the Copyright in an Online Work?
      5. 3.5. Copyright Law Formalities
      6. 3.6. Specific Online Content Protected by Copyright
      7. 3.7. Other Laws that Protect Your Online Content
      8. 3.8. Options if Your Online Content Is Used without Your Permission
    2. 4. Registering the Copyright in Your Online Work
      1. 4.1. Benefits of Copyright Registration
      2. 4.2. Necessity of Registering Your Online Work
      3. 4.3. Copyright Registration Basics
      4. 4.4. Online Registration
      5. 4.5. Online Fill-In Form
      6. 4.6. Group Registration, Generally
      7. 4.7. Group Registration of Your Online Work as an Automated Database
      8. 4.8. Group Registration of Your Online Work as a Serial
      9. 4.9. Preregistration
      10. 4.10. Available Copyright Registration Methods for Specific Online Works
    3. 5. Selecting Your Domain Name
      1. 5.1. What Is a Domain Name?
      2. 5.2. Your Relationship with Domain Name Registries, Registrars and ICANN
      3. 5.3. How to Select a Domain Name
      4. 5.4. Qualifying a Domain Name as a Trademark
      5. 5.5. Trademark Basics
    4. 6. Protecting Your Domain Name and Personal Name
      1. 6.1. How Domain Name Disputes Arise
      2. 6.2. How to Avoid Domain Name Disputes
      3. 6.3. Resolving Domain Name Disputes through the UDRP, ACPA and Traditional Trademark Lawsuits
      4. 6.4. Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
      5. 6.5. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA)
      6. 6.6. Traditional Trademark Lawsuits
      7. 6.7. Bad Faith under the UDRP and ACPA
      8. 6.8. The Commercial Use Requirement
      9. 6.9. Protecting Your Personal Name on the Internet
      10. 6.10. Use of Trademarks and Names in Post Domain and Sub Domain Paths
    5. 7. Protecting Your Technology
      1. 7.1. Patent Law Basics
      2. 7.2. Requirements for Patentability
      3. 7.3. Business Method Patents
      4. 7.4. Filing a Patent Application
      5. 7.5. Protecting Technology through Trade Secrets
      6. 7.6. Protecting Technology through Contract
    6. 8. Using Other People’s Material
      1. 8.1. Permissions and Rights Clearance Basics
      2. 8.2. Use Protected by the First Amendment
      3. 8.3. Copyright Fair Use
      4. 8.4. Trademark Fair Use
      5. 8.5. Parody
      6. 8.6. Public Domain Materials
      7. 8.7. Using Other’s Copyrighted Materials
      8. 8.8. Using Other Protected Materials
      9. 8.9. Mentioning Real People Online
      10. 8.10. Using Music on the Internet
      11. 8.11. Obtaining Permission
    7. 9. Monitoring Your Relationships with and Obligations to Online Visitors
      1. 9.1. Online Privacy Policy
      2. 9.2. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
      3. 9.3. Spam and Unsolicited Commercial Email
      4. 9.4. Cyber Stalking and Cyber Bullying
  11. Part Three: Engaging in Specific Online Activities
    1. 10. Services Used by Cyber Citizens
      1. 10.1. Web Hosts and Other Service Providers
      2. 10.2. Sample Terms Used by Service Providers
    2. 11. Blogs and Podcasts
      1. 11.1. What Is a Blog?
      2. 11.2. Who Owns the Blog Content?
      3. 11.3. Blogging Anonymously
      4. 11.4. Can You Be Fired for Blogging?
      5. 11.5. Bloggers as Journalists
      6. 11.6. What Is a Podcast?
      7. 11.7. Interview Releases
    3. 12. Social Networking Sites and User Generated Content
      1. 12.1. What Is a Social Networking Site?
      2. 12.2. What Is User Generated Content?
      3. 12.3. Best Practices for Creators of User Generated Content
      4. 12.4. Best Practices for Sites that Allow Online Visitors to Post User Generated Content
      5. 12.5. Digital Millennium Copyright Act Protection
      6. 12.6. Impersonation and Use of Celebrity Names on Social Networking Sites
      7. 12.7. Wikis
    4. 13. Fan Sites, Gripe Sites, and Parody Sites
      1. 13.1. Commentary Sites
      2. 13.2. Safe and Risky Content for an Unofficial Fan Site
      3. 13.3. Criticism, Gripe and Parody Sites
      4. 13.4. Use of Trademarks and Celebrity Names in Commentary Sites
      5. 13.5. Disclaimers for Commentary Sites
      6. 13.6. Real-Life Examples of Acceptable and Unacceptable Commentary Sites
    5. 14. Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
      1. 14.1. What Is Peer-to-Peer File Sharing?
      2. 14.2. Media Industry Actions against Individual File Sharers
      3. 14.3. Media Industry Actions against Internet Companies
      4. 14.4. Other Media Industry Responses to Peer-to-Peer File Sharing
    6. 15. Email Newsletters, Discussion Forums and Online Communications
      1. 15.1. Online Communication Methods
      2. 15.2. Legal Issues Common to Online Communication Methods
  12. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Resources and Forms
      1. A.1. General Resources for the Cyber Citizen
      2. A.2. Tips and Sample Forms for Registering the Copyright in Your Online Work
      3. A.3. Tips and Sample Form for Registering Your Domain Name as a Trademark
      4. A.4. Sample DMCA Takedown Notices and Counter Notices
      5. A.5. Sample Website Development Agreement
      6. A.6. Sample Terms of Service for Website
    2. Appendix B: Glossary of Terms
  13. Index
  14. About the Author