Commerce on the Net: Surfing Through Cyberspace Without Getting Wet


Diana JP McKenzie


VOL. XIV • Winter 1996 • NO. 2 (table of contents)

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It's business as usual: parties transacting business with paper, pens, phone calls, faxes, etc. With the convenience of computers in the market places, however, the business landscape is no longer the same: no more paper or less face-to-face contacts. Cyberspace provides an environment that obliterate physical time and space, but it also brings along risk fertile to create liabilities.

In this article, the author attempts to address areas such as advertising; selling of money or goods; direct distributing of digitized products; contracting; intellectual property rights; common law torts and right to privacy on the Internet. At the end, the author cautions that cyberspace is merely an extension of our physical selves -- caution and common-sense should be our guiding principles as legislatures and courts struggle to navigate the cyberspace.

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