"The creation and rapid growth of the Internet have been 'hailed' [as] one of the greatest technological advances in recent history,” remarked one scholar of Internet law and jurisdiction. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals characterizes the Internet as "a global network of interconnected computers allow[ing] individuals and organizations around the world to communicate with one another." It is, therefore, not surprising that the Internet impacts every aspect of our daily lives. The Web is the fastest growing part of the Internet, and thus, an important mechanism for commerce. Authors Joseph Zammit and Lynette Herscha explain, "[t]he rapid growth in technology, and the advent of the World Wide Web allows both individuals and corporations to conduct business and interact in a much broader geographic arena than historically possible." With Internet users estimated at 200 million users in 1999, it is expected that one billion computers will be networked worldwide in less than ten years. Accordingly, religious organizations and churches are increasing their use of the Web. This means consequently that more religious organizations and congregations will soon become intellectual property clients and litigants.
Ramona L. Taylor,
Praying for Relief: The Impact of Secular Organizations on Internet and Trademark Law,
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