Copyright (c) Seton Hall University School of Law
Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law
14 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 153
Anthony M. Verna III, Esq.*
Since its inception, the Internet has provided a multitude of resources and usage opportunities. Originally, it was not called the Internet, and its uses were limited. By the mid-1990s, the Internet had four main applications, e-mail, newsgroups, remote login, and file transfer. E-mail provides the ability to compose, send and receive electronic letters, newsgroups which are specialized forums in which users with a common interest share and exchange ideas, remote login allowing uses to log into one machine from a separate machine, file transer provides the ability to transfer files from one machine to another on the Internet. 2
Since then, the Internet has expanded to include Chat 3 and the World Wide Web.Chatting allows users to send and receive messages instantaneously, enablingusers to have a conversation, as if on the telephone. 4 Users can keep in touch with their long-distance friends over Internet chat as well as meet other people bychatting with each other. 5
Today, the most popular use of the Internet is on the World Wide Web ("WWW" or "Web"). 6 The Web allows users to set up sites with pagesthat contain different types of information, pictures, sound and video. 7 The Web opened the door so that commercial interests began to dominate the landscape of the Internet. 8 Other resources easily accessible on the Web include maps, which can be found on the Internet, 9 and prescription drugs, which can easily be bought on the ...
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