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Body of law bearing on the world of computer networks, especially the Internet. As traffic on the Internet has increased, so have the number and kind of legal issues surrounding the technology. Hotly debated issues include the obscenity of some on-line sites, the right of privacy, freedom of speech, regulation of electronic commerce, and the applicability of copyright laws.
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