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Welcome to the Internet Law Treatise. This is a project to maintain a free, open licensed, collaborative treatise summarizing the law related to the Internet with the cooperation of a wide variety of attorneys, law students and others. The Internet Law Treatise is currently in beta, please read the disclaimer.

The Internet Law Treatise is based upon the Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook (Perkins Coie, Dec. 2003) ISBN 1879650118.

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The ILT is hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers, and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties. The views expressed in the Internet Law Treatise are not necessarily those of EFF.

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The Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook

The Internet Law Treatise is based upon the Electronic Media and Privacy Law Handbook (Perkins Coie, Dec. 2003) ISBN 1879650118 (the EMPLH). Perkins Coie is and remains the sole and exclusive owner of the EMPLH and all rights therein, including without limitation all copyright and other intellectual property rights. Perkins Coie granted the original editors of the EMPLH (Nicole Wong, Kurt Opsahl and Rachel Silvers) a perpetual, nonexclusive, sublicensable, royalty-free license to modify the EMPLH to create a revised version thereof (the "Revised Work") and to reproduce, distribute and otherwise publish and exploit the Revised Work in any media. The ILT is such a revised version, and is distributed pursuant to the license set forth above.

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