Like new communications technologies in the past, the Internet and World Wide Web have resulted in new ways of creating and interpreting laws. And just like print technology resulted in the creation of copyright law, Internet technology is now challenging these traditional notions of copyright….and may very well result in a new paradigm of what defines intellectual property and its protection.
Toss in issues about First Amendment freedom of speech and press protections, privacy issues, and thorny technical issues like accessibility, and there is now a broad landscape of Internet law that is being reshaped and reinterpreted by our nation’s courts.
How do Internet law issues shape the way that Web Professionals do their work? Are there issues of liability that should concern us? What are the top Internet law issues that affect our emerging profession, and how should we be paying attention and reacting to them?
Amy Kristin Sanders joined the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication‘s faculty in Fall 2007 after completing her PhD in Mass Communication with an emphasis in First Amendment law. Her research focuses on Internet defamation, indecency regulation and media ownership issues. She also holds a JD and an MA in professional journalism from the University of Iowa. Dr. Sanders is a licensed attorney in Missouri and Florida. She worked as a copy editor and page designer for The Gainesville Sun in Florida, where her work helped the newspaper win a second place award for front page design (2007 SPJ Sunshine State Awards). She currently teaches Mass Communication Law and Law of Internet Communication at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.