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Copyright Infringement in Cyberspace and Network Security: A Threat to E-Commerce



Information Technology is growing faster than any other communication vehicle in the history mankind. Invention of digital technology was the most important revolution in the last century. The influence of digital technology on information technology is phenomenal. The present millennium is witnessing a new culture that is internet culture. It is changing our life style and way of doing business form traditional commerce to e-commerce. Originally confined to military establishment internet has due to its speed, intercreativity and flexibility, tremendous potential to disseminated information beyond the geographical boundaries. Today the internet is not only used for educational purposes but also for business. The availability of radio, telephone, television and computer made it possible to carry out most of the business activities on-line, through the information technology and communication network. The government of India by passing IT (Information Technology) Act 2000 and further amending it on 27th October 2009 has given fillip to cyber law. But various issues are not specifically covered by the Act, such as copyright, payment issues, media convergence, domain name, cybersquating and jurisdiction. While these have wide ranging ramifications for the growth of e-commerce in India.
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... As Internet usage in India continues to grow, the Act's limitations will require further amendments. Today, the dissemination of computer viruses, hacking, and denial of service attacks are major problems for corporate houses, service providers, and users (Ahmad, 2010). ...
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This paper examines India’s experience in developing national Internet policy by focusing on interactions among stakeholders in the Internet governance process. The paper begins by tracing the history of telecom policies in India along with the development of its IT sector as well as its civil society. It identifies the tensions, opportunities and threats that India has experienced in its Internet policy-making. It then reviews India’s legislative and policy history from the IT Act of 2000 onward, noting the intentions and limitations of India’s framework of Internet governance. A notable aspect of the paper involves a series of interviews with civil society stakeholders involved in India’s Internet governance debates. These interviews are used to identify patterns of interaction among different stakeholders, and to understand the underlying power dynamics in India’s policy-making process.
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