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LAW7213 - Law of the internet

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Dr Melissa de Zwart


City First semester 2007 (Online)


Legal issues such as copyright, defamation and censorship. The practical effects of legal regulation (or lack thereof) on the Internet. The nature of the Internet itself, how the different legal issues interrelate and how the application of different legal concepts may shape the future of the Internet.


Upon completion of this unit, students should have an
understanding of the internet in its various guises and
what legal principles affect the use and regulation of the
internet in Australia, encompassing more specifically an understanding of:

laws (including the law of passing off), trade marks and
domain names and contracting and transacting on the
internet * The applicability of traditional copyright principles to the digital environment of the internet
context, including what constitutes publication and
how this interacts with concepts of free speech
framework of the internet


Online participation (3,000 words): 40% and Take home examination (4,500 words): 60%

Contact hours

On-line unit