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Forum Shopping on the Internet
January/February 2008 (vol. 6 no. 1)
pp. 78-80
Michael Lesk, Rutgers University
Elementary school children are familiar with the phrase, 'If I bring the ball, I make the rules.' But who decides what rules apply on the Internet? Laws aren't the same in each country, and the Internet goes everywhere. Recently, we've seen a rash of legal tourism in which plaintiffs try to argue that the law of the country most favorable to them should apply. Defendants, typically, say the law of the country where they're located should apply. Let's take a look at libel and copyright, two issues relevant to this column.

1. New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, US Reports, vol. 376, 1964, p. 254.
2. Zippo Manufacturing Company v. Zippo Dot Com, Inc., Federal Supplement, vol. 952, 1997, p. 1119 (US District Court for the Western District of Penn.).
3. Braintech, Inc. v. Kostiuk, Dominion Law Reports, 4th Series, vol. 171, 1999, p. 46.

Index Terms:
libel, regulation, Internet, Web access, legal tourism, Digital Protection
Michael Lesk, "Forum Shopping on the Internet," IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 78-80, Jan.-Feb. 2008, doi:10.1109/MSP.2008.10
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