Internet Law Basics
What is an Internet Law Attorney?An Internet law attorney specializes in Internet law issues. Stated another way, an Internet law attorney will understand how issues arise on the Internet and how to solve them. By way of example, if a client has a competitor who has registered a domain name incorporating that client's trademark, the Internet law known as the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) will be the framework in which that legal issue is handled. If a client has a false and defamatory blog launched against it, an Internet lawyer will know how to have the domain host remove the blog and its content from the Internet. A Internet lawyer knows how to subpoena an ISP for IP address information in order to identify an anonymous tortfeasor.
The Technical Side of the Internet.Perhaps the greatest advantage that an Internet lawyer has is their understanding of how the Internet works from back-end DNS to investigation of anonymous posters of content to specific threat letter and notice letter approaches against domain hosts, domain registrars and domain owners. If you don't understand how the Internet is constructed and all the various players within the Internet space from ISP's to registries, then you will be at a serious disadvantage in handling your client's problem. You must have technical understanding of the Internet in order to solve on-line issues.
Of course, the other important consideration is how courts apply traditional legal principles to the Internet space. Understanding whether or not you can obtain personal jurisdiction over a website operator whose web site happens to appear in your state is important. There are hundreds of other nuanced issues which, when they arise on the Internet, create special problems and unique analysis.