58463 - Internet Law

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Giusella Dolores Finocchiaro

  • Learning modules Giusella Dolores Finocchiaro (Modulo 1)
    Matilde Ratti (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 6

  • SSD IUS/01

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures (Modulo 1)
    Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Information Science for Management (cod. 8014)

Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of Internet Law: the legal profile of electronic commerce and IT security.

Course contents

  • The law regulating legal acts on the Internet
  • The applicable legislation
  • Contracts for accessing the network, e-commerce contracts (B2B and B2C), computer contracts (regarding such issues as software development, software licensing, etc.), cloud computing
  • The electronic and digital signatures
  • Fundamental rights on the Internet and torts
  • The protection of IT software, databases, multimedia, with an analysis of various legal instruments: copyright, patents, a sui generis protection
  • Methods of payment. Electronic money
  • Legal aspects of IT security. Computer crimes


G. Finocchiaro, Diritto di internet, Zanichelli, Bologna, 2008, II edizione

A suggested reading as basic book of private law is:

  • F. Galgano, Istituzioni di diritto privato, Cedam, Padova (in particular: le fonti, i diritti della personalità, l'obbligazione, il contratto, i fatti illeciti).
It is compulsory for the student to keep up-to-date with the latest enacted laws.

Teaching methods

Traditional classes.

Assessment methods

Oral examination.

Office hours

See the website of Giusella Dolores Finocchiaro

See the website of Matilde Ratti