Internet law is still being defined and developed because the Internet is relatively new. For instance, if a customer brings a lawsuit against a Web-based company that is located in a different state, it can be difficult to establish where the lawsuit should be conducted.
Common legal issues related to the Internet include sales-tax collection, information privacy, intellectual property, fraud, spam, and trademark and copyright infringement. Companies and individuals operating on the Internet, as well as Internet customers, may be sued. Due to the emerging nature of Internet law, consulting with an attorney specializing in this area is recommended.