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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Laws of Cyberspace (PLG-407)


Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

May 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the history and development of the Internet; identify jurisdictional issues in cyberspace; explain the scope of copyright protection for online content and the fair use defense; discuss trademark protection for Internet content, software, and other technology related products and services; explain the scope of patent protection for Internet patents and what is meant by obviousness; determine the validity and enforceability of e-contracts; apply relevant tax laws in the online environment, including sales tax, use tax, and income tax for individuals and businesses; explain the main federal statutes associated with computer crimes and the penalties associated with cybercrimes; describe the different tort causes of action available in the online environment, including invasion of privacy, defamation, and fraud; evaluate how the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and press are tested in the Internet Age; compare the right of privacy in the online environment afforded under the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, and statutes; and apply the legal and policy issues surrounding privacy to social networking sites, search queries, online advertising, data mining, online privacy, and workplace policies.


The course explores the legal and policy issues associated with the Internet and cyberspace. The course focuses on cases, statutes, regulations, and constitutional provisions that affect people and businesses interacting through computers and the Internet. Topics include: intellectual property, e-commerce, online contracts, cybercrimes, torts, and privacy issues. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, practice assignments; class participation; and final exam. Prerequisite: PLG- 112 Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights (PLG-112). Recommended prerequisites: Legal Research, Writing and Civil Litigation (PLG-108), and any three of the following: Torts and Personal Injury (PLG-101). Contracts (PLG-102), Constitutional Law (PLG-110), Public Communications Law(PLG-103) or Criminal Law (PLG-103).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Paralegal Studies or Business Law (3/18) (5/23 revalidation).