The New Media Institute (NMI) is a research and fact finding organization whose mission is to improve public understanding of issues surrounding the Internet and other forms new media communications. NMI works directly with the news media, researchers, academics, government and industry professionals and serves as a primary resource of facts, statistics and analysis.

The New Media Institute compiles regulation information that is related to the Internet and other forms of new media.

It is important to be aware of all regulations when doing business in the digital age. You should seek legal counsel to find out what laws you specifically need to adhere to. Select a regulation below:

Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

  • Internet Related Law

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) is a federal law enacted by Congress in December 2000 to address concerns about access to offensive content over the Internet on school and library computers. CIPA imposes certain types of requirements on any school or library that receives funding support for Internet access or internal connections from the E-rate program, a program that makes certain technology more affordable for eligible schools and libraries. In early 2001, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued rules implementing CIPA.

CAN-SPAM Act of 2003

The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act) establishes requirements for those who send commercial email, spells out penalties for spammers and companies whose products are advertised in spam if they violate the law, and gives consumers the right to ask emailers to stop spamming them.

Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act

H.R. 1554 ( P.L. 106-113), the "Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act," prohibits the bad faith registration, trafficking in, or use of an Internet domain name that is identical to, or confusingly similar to, a distinctive trademark or service mark, or dilutive of a famous trademark or service mark. Personal names, protected as trademarks, are subject to the provisions. Civil remedies and damages are made available to aggrieved trademark owners, and an in rem civil action can be brought against a domain name if a responsible defendant is unavailable.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was signed into law by President Clinton on October 28, 1998. The legislation implements two 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties: the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty. The DMCA also addresses a number of other significant copyright-related issues.

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