The 'Net, AKA the Internet, has quickly become one of the most efficient and prevalent forms of communication. By linking through a common protocol, the Internet connects computer networks worldwide and provide seamless access to information. In this introductory guide to the Internet, the author takes readers -- IP practitioners, general legal practitioners, etc. -- on a tour of the Internet. The Internet began as part of the Defense Department's networking research in 1969 by the Advanced Research Projects Agency. In a program called ARPANET, the military attempted to design a interlinking computer networks that provides widespread connectivity without the vulnerability of relying on a centralized hub. This design, coupled with increasing use of personal computers, flourished tremendously and by 1998, there was 100 million users. The Internet provides many features including the electronic mail, usenet newsgroups, file transfer protocol, telnet, Gopher and the World Wide Web.
Mark A. Kassel & Joanne Keane Kassel, Don't Get Caught in the Net: An Intellectual Property Practitioner's Guide to Using the Internet, 13 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 373 (1995)