The legal issues of the internet involve emerging terminology. In order to understand the legal issues, the author defines several frequently used terms.

1. Internet- an interconnected group of computer networks, including networks in all parts of the world. (also called the world wide web)

2. Web page- a document often incorporating text, graphic, sound, and video files, allowing one to obtain information on the world wide web.

3. HTML-(Hypertext Markup Language) a computer language used in writing pages for the World Wide Web or the internet, using a text that includes codes that define fonts, layouts, embedded graphics, and hypertext links.

4. Hypertext- system of writing and displaying text that enabling the text to be linked in multiple ways to related documents.