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What You Need to Know About Internet Law

Techstination feature for Wednesday, January 3, 2001

What you need to know about Internet law. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. If you're like me, you wonder, why do I need to know anything about Internet law? But adjunct professor of Internet law Jonathan Bick says there is a lot we all need to be aware of. He's the author of a new book called 101 Things You Need to Know About Internet Law...

"As the average user, you should know that you as a parent are not libel for your children's bad acts on the Internet. You should know that if you use your credit card on the Internet, you have more legal protection than if you do in a department store. You should know that if you're blind, you have a legal right to have access to Internet Web sites. You need to know that you have to pay taxes on the Internet."

That will come as a surprise to many people who think they're saving on sales taxes by buying online...

"In fact, they're not saving. There's something called a use tax which is equal to the sales tax and it springs into existence as soon as the goods get to a person's home. They are supposed to self report and pay that use tax."

Bick doesn't have figures on how many people actually do. When it comes to protecting privacy online, Bick advises... .read Web site privacy statements carefully...

"And if the Web site says one thing and the actions of that firm on the Internet do another, then what we have is a deceptive trade practice."

101 Things You Need to Know About Internet Law by Jonathan Bick is published by Random House. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.