E commerce act
concern - recognizes the validity of electronic transactions
pki - public key infrastructure
e-mail exchanges have validity even if unsigned
functional equivalent - same function as a written document. indicates identity and consent
technology neutral -
hacking or cracking = unauthorized access, thus it is a criminal act, whether or not your intent was good
issue - how do you prosecute cracking/hacking which happens in different countries
social engineering - uses emotions to get into the user, example "i love you" virus.
cybersex dens: use of minors is a crime, but with adults is it a criminal act?
issues - is it sexual abuse when it is consensual, is it pornography?
first law was exclusive right to publish
from the moment of creation until death plus fifty years after death