Cyber Laws

Cyber Laws (5th Edition)

This second edition of the book, updated with the latest judicial decisions and  and statutory provisions is divided into two parts. Part-I deals with the different aspects of Cyber Laws with discussions or various topics, controversies and their possible solutions. Foreign statutes and laws and their reference on the Internet have also been cited. Part-II contains relevant Acts, Rules, Notifications, Circulars etc.

Chapter-I deals with the historical background of the Information Technology Act and mainly refers to the various sections of the Act. Chapter-2 deals with International Organisations and important Treaties. Chapters-3 to 5 deals with the protection of computer software, trade secret and reverse engineering. Chapter-6 deals with the legal problems faced by sites hosting web pages and information service providers. Chapter-7 and 8 deal with the future of IPR in the area of computer software, E-commerce and Taxation respectively. The grey areas are covered by Chapter-9.

For the proper analysis of Cyber Laws, the author lucidly explains the science behind the technology in order to sort out the legal issues. The book will be an asset to companies dealing in computer software or provi9ding software solutions, web page providers, Internet service providers, Banks, Insurance companies and other bodies providing online services, government departments implementing information technology, police officials dealing with investigation of cyber-crimes, teachers, students, lawyers and Judges.

Information Technology (IT) Act
IT Act (Chapter I): Preliminary-Cyber Laws
IT Act (Chapter-II & III): Digital Signature, Electronic Governance

  • E-Commerce
  • Digital Signature -Electronic Governance
IT Act (Chapter IV): Attribution, Acknowledgement and Despatch of Electronic Records – Jurisdictional Issues

  • Networking: Jurisdiction-Conflict of Laws, Cyber Slurring
  • The DowJones Case
  • The Young Case
  • The Griffis Case
  • Conflict of Laws-Other cases
  • The Yahoo Case
IT Act (Chapter V-VIII): Security Concerns, Preventive Measures.
IT Act (Chapter IX-XII): Security Concerns, Penalties, Adjudication, and Offences

  • The Gold Case
  • Civil Liability
  • Criminal Liability
  • Obscenity – Freedom of Expression
  • Interception of Communication & The Communication            Convergence Bill
  • Convention of Cybercrime
  • Extra Territorial Application
IT Act (Chapter XII): Net Work Service Provider-Protection
IT Act (Chapter XIII) (Section 78): Criminal Procedure
IT Act (Chapter XIII) (Section 91): IPC
IT Act (Chapter XIII) (Section 92 &93): Evidential Issues -Admissiblity in Court Proceedings

  • The Petitgrew Case
  • The Myers Case
IT Act (Chapter XIII) (Section 94): Electronic Fund Transfer

Chapter 2
Intellectual Property Rights, International Organisations, And Treaties
Intellectual Property Rights
World Trade Organisation (WTO)
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Chapter 3
Computer Software, Copyright And Copyleft
Source Code And Object Code
Copyright Act, Amendments, Remedies for Infringement of Copyright
Anti Circumvention Law And Digital Rights Management

  • The Decss Case
  • The Sonyplaystation Case
Software Licences, Open Source Software and Copyleft

  • Free Software, Gnu And GPL
  • Open Source Initiative (OSI)
Chapter 4
Historical Background
Grant Of Patents-Procedural Simplification
Patents- Rights And Liabilities
Computer Programme- Invention

  • Law-Us
  • Industrial Process
  • Business Methods
  • Law Europe
  • Law India
Chapter 5
Trade Secret, Contract Act And Reverse Engineering
Trade Secret
Contractual Protection-Term Of Licence
Reverse Engineering

  • Trade Secret And Copyrighted Software
  • Patented Software
Chapter 6
Intellectual Property Rights In Cyber-Space
Domain Name Dispute

  • Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)
  • Cyber Squatting & Typo Squatting
Metatags And Key Words
Chapter 7
Future – IPR
Future- Peer To Peet (P2p) File Sharing

  • The Napster Case
  • Gnutella
  • The Grokster Case
  • The Kazaa Case
Open Source Proprietory Software

  • Linux
  • Linux – Suits
  • Open Courseware
  • Open Successful Open Source Software

Chapter 8

E-Commerce And Taxation
  • Indirect Tax
  • Direct Tax
Chapter 9
Grey Areas
Right To Privacy

  • Spam
  • Spim
Cyber Stalking-The Communication Convergence Bill

Chapter 10
Part II
  • The Information Technology Act, 2000
  • The Information Technology (Removal Of Difficulties) Order, 2002
  • The Information Technology (Certifying Authorities) Rules, 2000
  • The Cyber Regulations Appellate Tribunal (Procedure) Rules, 2000
  • The Information Technology (Qualification and Experience of Adjudicating Officers and Manner of Holding Enquiry) Rules, 2003
  • The Information Technology (Other Standards) Rules, 2003
  • The Information Technology (Other Powers of Civil Court Vested in Cyber Appellate Tribunal) Rules, 2003
  • The Cyber Appellate Tribunal (Procedure for Investigation of Misbehaviour or Incapacity of Presiding Officer) Rules, 2003
  • The Information Technology (Certifying Authority) Regulations, 2001
  • Guidelines for Submission of Application for Licence to Operate as a Certifying Authority Under The Itact, 2000
  • Notifications
  • WTO: Information Technology Agreement
  • Relevant Articles of Trips, EPC, WCT And WPPT
  • Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Rules for  Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
  • Approved Providers for Uniform Domain Name Dispute-Resolution Policy
  • Special Electronic Funds Transfer Procedural Guideline

[The book] touches upon the technological basis of cyber laws. It carries discussions and understanding of digital signatures, source codes, metatags, linking, electronic documents etc.; some elementary and not-so-elementary concepts that are fundamental to any deliberation on cyber law jurisprudence . . . .The Tribune
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Cyber Laws is divided in two parts. Part I consists of Justice Singh’s lectures on different facets of cyber law in various fora. He has modified them for doing the book. The primary emphasis is on continuity. Part II carries statutory provisions, rules and regulations. Justice Singh’s work covers the issues being currently debated for understanding cyber law jurisprudence. His work touches upon the technological basis of cyber laws. It carries discussions and understanding of digital signatures, source codes, metatags, linking, electronic documents etc. . . . . . . . .
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The learned author has taken great pains to compile and present important legislations on the subject and also several guidelines, which are indispensable for practioners. We compliment the learned author for having brought out a work which has been long felt need for aspirants in the relevant branch of law. The publishers deserve special congratulations for blemishless printing and colourful get up. 2005(1) The Law Weekly (Journal Section) 31

The book ‘Cyber Laws’, by Justice Yatindra Singh, a sitting judge of Allahabad High Court, has been published by Universal Law Publishing Co. and is now in its fourth edition. The book is a comprehensive guide to the various legal issues which have arisen as a result of the unprecedented growth of the internet. It covers both academic and practical information regarding technology related issues and the underlying legal principles which have been applied in these areas……The Indian Journal of Law and Technology (
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