Technology Law FAQ

1. Q. What is technology law?

A. Computer law refers to different statutes and rules which are applied to computer related topics – including but not limited to hacking, identity theft, false information, confidential information and trade secrets.

2. Q. How can technology laws protect me?

A. In the digital age where anyone can place any type of information on the internet, computer laws can protect you in many different ways. It can ensure that those who infringe on your copyrights will be punished; help keep your identity safe and much more.

3. Q. If someone takes copy from my website and publishes it on their site, am I protected under computer law?

A. Yes, you would be protected under technology/computer law, since that individual is likely in violation of one or more copyright laws. You would need to speak with an attorney, who will compose a cease and desist letter demanding that the individual stop using your copy. Your attorney could advise you where to go from there.

4. Q. Someone has accused me of copyright infringement but the copy I have used is mine – not copied from anywhere. Can I be forced to pay a fine and remove my copy?

A. It would depend on how close your copy is to the individuals who is accusing you of copyright. Even in cases where two individuals come up with the idea for the same kind of copy – typically the one who can prove the longest ownership of that copy will win. You may be forced to pay a fine and/or remove your copy. You will need to speak with an attorney right away.

5. Q. Is the content of my personal e-mails to someone else my own copyright?

A. Yes, in most cases, anything included in an e-mail you send is your own copyright. This means that anyone who publishes it to the public could be taken to court for damages. However, you would need to speak to an attorney about the matter.

6. Q. What should I do if I feel that I may be a victim of identity theft?

A. The first thing you should do is limit the thief's access to your personal accounts, credit cards and money by canceling any bank cards or credit cards they may have access to. The second thing you should do is alert the proper authorities and contact an attorney immediately.

7. Q. My child is being ‘cyber-bullied' by some classmates online. Is this covered by computer law?

A. This may be covered by computer law, depending upon the situation and how long the cyber-bullying has been going on. You should speak with an attorney right away regarding your rights and the rights of your child.

8. Q. Should I hire an attorney who is knowledgeable in technology/computer law?

A. It is advisable for you to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable in technology/computer law if you feel that you are a victim or are being accused of some type of computer law. Your attorney knows the ins and outs of these laws and can advise you on the best course of action.

9. Q. Where is the best place to find an attorney who is an expert in technology/computer law?

A. You may be able to receive a recommendation from a general attorney or someone you know. If not, check locally for attorneys that advertise themselves as computer or technology law attorneys.

10. Q. How can I best protect myself against technology/computer-related crimes?
A. The most important thing you can do is never give your personal information out to anyone over the internet. If you purchase something online, you should ensure that the site is encrypted so that your information cannot get out.

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