Welcome to LawShelf’s video-course on cyberlaw. This course focuses on a variety of legal topics as they relate to online communications, agreements and transactions. While this is an introductory-level course, a little background in contract, tort and freedom of speech law is recommended as the course touches on all these areas but does not have the time to comprehensively introduce each area of law.

We will start with a discussion of jurisdiction, which is the study of which states and laws have authority over which parties. This is especially important in cyberlaw issues because transactions and communications often happen between parties in different states and different countries. We will also discuss the enforceability of agreements between the parties to settle the case in a given state or through arbitration and the enforceability of judgments across state lines.

Module 2 is devoted to intellectual property and the unique copyright, trademark, patent and trade secret issues that are caused by e-commerce and online publications.

In Module 3, we turn to criminal law and cybercrime. We will look at various criminal statutes that deal with Internet crimes and at constitutional limitations of freedom of speech and freedom of unreasonable searched and seizures that limit the government’s ability to investigate and prosecute alleged online criminal activity.

The last two modules turn to civil law and torts that are frequently committed online. We will look at invasion of privacy torts, defamation torts and torts that inflict emotional distress. We will also discuss a litany of possible defense to these actions, including those based on constitutional protections and common law and statutory privileges. We will also touch on laws designed to discourage “strategic lawsuits against public participation” and other issues particularly relevant to online communications and sales.

At the end of this course, we hope that you will have a better understanding of the legal landscape that applies to the Internet and online communications.

 Best of luck and we welcome your feedback. 

What is a video-course?

A LawShelf video-course is an in-depth series of presentations on a discreet legal topic. LawShelf video-courses focus on practical legal information and applications and are each designed to familiarize the viewer with a legal topic quickly and efficiently.

Who should take a video-course?

Our video courses are designed for professionals such as attorneys, paralegals, corporate officers and financial professionals, as well as laypeople looking to deepen their knowledge of particular areas of law. The courses allow you to acquire the specific knowledge and skills that you need without the expense and time commitment of going “back to school” for a degree. 

How do I learn?

Video courses are divided into 5 or 6 modules.  Each module contains a video lesson (usually about 15 minutes long) and a series of self-test questions that you can use to practice and make sure that you understand the material.

How do I complete a video-course?

To complete a video-course, you must pass a 10-question multiple-choice examination by scoring 70% or higher.  The questions on the exam are randomly selected from the self-test question sets for the various modules. You can retake an exam as many times as you need to, though you will not get the same questions each time since the questions are drawn from an exam bank.

How long will it take me to complete a video-course?

Between watching the modules, doing the self-test practice questions, reviewing the material and taking the final exam, we estimate that completing a video-course requires a time investment of 4-5 hours.  The courses are designed to get straight to the point. We’re cognizant that your time is valuable, and we condense the information you need to know to comprehensively cover a subject into as little time as practical.

Is there limit to how many video-courses I can take or complete?

No. A LawShelf subscription enables you to access any and all LawShelf content, including all video-courses. You can take courses as quickly or slowly as your time allows.

Do I receive any recognition for completing a video-course?

Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

How will a digital badge help me? 

Modern educational trends are moving away from traditional classroom-based course completion models and towards skills-based education. Employers today care more about skills than ever before. LawShelf digital badges conform to the Open Badge standard and are verifiable records of your skills that can easily be shared online.

How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

Introduction to Cyber Law- Module 1 of 5

Intellectual Property and the Internet- Module 2 of 5

Cyberlaw and Cybercrimes- Module 3 of 5

Cyberlaw and Torts- Module 4 of 5

Online Speech- Module 5 of 5

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.