The Internet and e-commerce industries are among the fastest growing segments of the global economy. Southern California is a major center of information technology (IT) vendors and e-commerce enterprises. The Internet and IT industries are generating a complex and rapidly developing body of laws that show no sign of abating. Lawyers with an expertise in this area are in great demand. This course covers the basic principles of law applicable to computer, Internet and e-commerce companies, including the protection of software, web site and databases, electronic contracting, consumer protection and privacy. The course also discusses the protection of domain names through trademark and anti-cybersquatting laws. The course analyzes the developing body of federal laws applicable to the Internet, including the Child Online Privacy Protection Act, the Communications Decency Act, the E-Sign Act and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This is an introductory course. A technical background is not required; a basic knowledge of computers and the Internet is recommended.