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... At a workshop held in November 1992 and a public forum in February 1993, technologists, service providers, policy analysts, lawyers, and social scientists from academia, industry, and government met to discuss some of the social issues raised by the emergence of electronic communities. This report is based on the discussions of the workshop and forum, as well as deliberations of the steering committee and material that has appeared in the interim.
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... , by contract with the providers of the services they use, by federal and state statutes, and by common law if they want to litigate about some harm that has occurred. To explore the concepts of rights and responsibilities more fully, panels of experts at the February forum considered four areas: free speech, electronic vandalism, intellectual property interests, and privacy.
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... Although intellectual property is traditionally the domain of copyright, patents, and trade secrets, most of the discussion of intellectual property matters in a networked environment is related to copyright, and discussions at the February 1993 forum reflected this weighting. Copyrighted electronic materials are covered by fair-use provisions in copyright law, although the nature of the electronic medium with respect to the reproduction and/or alteration of information amplifies concerns that have been addressed in other venues (e.g., in the domain of photocopiers)
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... By contrast, many technologists who have extensive experience in using electronic networks assert that with a new medium and a new form of human expression should also come new rules of social intercourse specially adapted to that new medium. For example, many providers of network services have established policies and rules for the use of their services, and a body of case law and legislative statutes is emerging specifically for electronic services.
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... The extent to which the government should regulate behavior on electronic networks, The role of the marketplace in influencing behavior, The value of sharing information freely versus keeping information proprietary or private, · The need for law that specifically relates to behavior on electronic networks, . The nature of informed consent relevant to providing information, and · The disposition of individuals who express no preference or inclination regarding their putative rights on electronic networks.

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