, revised 4th edition

Explores the impact of the internet on jurisdictions and analyses the effects of the technology on copyright, tortious liability, evidence and criminal law. Also considers substantial recent changes in statute and case law including Harmful Digital Communications Act; Search and Surveillance Act and amendments to the Electronic Transactions Act.

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Product description

This revised 4th edition focusses on key areas of importance and relevance to practitioners, professionals and students of cyber and internet law, who wish to have an understanding of law with regards to the internet.

An entirely new chapter on harassment and online speech harms has been added since the 3rd edition and the revised 4th edition contains new and revised material examining the following topics:

  • recent case law and legislation including the Harmful Digital Communications Act, the Search and Surveillance Act and amendments to the Electronic Transactions Act
  • speech harms, cyber-bullying and harassment in social and other media
  • e-discovery and evidence and the impact of the Search and Surveillance Act
  • online defamation and content regulation
  • use of Information technology in court
  • recent developments in internet governance since 2011.

 This revised 4th edition differs from the earlier impression as it includes:

-    commentary on 'digital property' in light of the supreme court decision in the case of Dixon v R
-    discussion of the Harmful Digital Communications Act (and the text has been written to reflect the structural changes between the Bill and the Act).

Related Titles

Cheer, U., Burrows and Cheer Media Law in New Zealand, 7th edition, 2015
Electronic Business and Technology Law, Format: one-volume looseleaf, online
Tokeley, K., Consumer Law in New Zealand, 2nd ed., 2015
Patrick, G., et al, Social Media and the Law, 2014


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Table of contents

Chapter I Law Online


Authoritative material

Judicial decisions online

Issues related to the transitory nature of web-based information — Link rot

Using Wikipedia


Chapter II Governance and Regulation

The governance taxonomy

The taxonomy in summary

Governance by governments

A Digital Magna Carta?

Chapter III Domain Name Disputes

The background to ICANN

Domestic approaches to domain names in New Zealand – The Common Law

The New Zealand dispute resolution service

Chapter IV Harassment and Harmful Digital Communications

Regulating the content layer

Online harassment, cyberbullying and cyberstalking

Legislative remedies

Harassment by blog

Revenge pornography

Chapter V Content Regulation, Defamation and Reputational Harms

Defamation on the Internet

Murray v Wishart — appeal

Other remedies for reputational harm

Chapter VI Jurisdiction — Which Court, Which Law


What a defendant may do — opposition to jurisdiction and forum non convenients

Application of existing provisions to Internet transactions

Effecting service by email and social media

Criminal jurisdiction and the Internet

Chapter VII Computer Crimes

Crimes involving computers

The effectiveness of the computer crimes provisions

Cybercrime, cyberterrorism or cyberwarfare

Sentencing for computer crime

Chapter VIII Evidence Issues

Documents in the digital environment

The New Zealand High Court Rules

Search orders

Preservation orders

Search warrants, seizure and electronic interception

Computer-based evidence — s 137 of the Evidence Act 2006

Chapter IX Information Technology in Court

The image of the courthouse or individual courtroom

Introducing technology to court

Examples of information technology use in the court process

The technology taxonomy

Remote testimony and alternative means of giving evidence

Using technology to enhance evidence communication

Electronic bundles of documents in civil and criminal proceedings

Technology-enhanced static evidence

The level playing field, technology failure and the allocation of responsibility

Chapter X Cybertrespass, Cyberconversion and Spam

The property problem


Domain names and cyberconversion


Chapter XI Online Business Relationships

Mistake and website transactions

Duty of care

The Electronic Transactions Act 2002

Chapter XII Digital Copyright Issues

Technological protection measures and paracopyright

File sharing 606