Internet is a space where different subsystems such as economy, politics, media and social life coexists and thus legal rules governing these subsystems enter the internet.
Believing that there exists a complete set of legal rules that governs the behaviour of different subject on the internet fully and in a reliable way is a great mistake. The book “Pravni vodnik na internetu” (Legal Guide on the Internet), whose co-author is also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, describes the diversity of the legal sources that are relevant in regulating the legal relationships on the internet:
“Clients concluding contracts are, according to Slovenian law, subject to the Obligations Code, while service providers on the internet are also subject to the Electronic Commerce Market Act. Companies selling goods and services to consumers on the internet in Slovenia must also respect the Consumer Protection Act. Administrative authorities and courts who want to service writings to parties in the administrative or civil procedure, are bound to respect the rules on service according to the Administrative Procedure Act and the Civil Procedure Act. A photographer whose wife has posted photos from a trip on the internet without his consent, can demand the deletion of the photo from the webpage on the basis of the Copyright and Related Rights Act.”
internet is a space regulated not only by rules tailored for the electronic environment, but also rules governing the behaviour of natural and legal persons outside the internet. To be successful in electronic commerce it is crucial for natural and legal persons to be familiar with these rules and adapt one’s behaviour to the way prescribed by different sectoral laws. Only this way it is possible to invoke exceptions to violations of legal rules committed by users or providers of services on the internet (for example, exceptions of the liability of host service providers).