Duhaime's Law Dictionary


E-Commerce Definition:

The buying and sellling of goods and services on the internet.

The US Department of Commerce defines it as:

"... e-commerce is the online transaction of business, featuring linked computer systems of the vendor, host, and buyer. Electronic transactions involve the transfer of ownership or rights to use a good or service."

E-commerce occurs over the Internet. Most transactions require that the buyer adhere to a form contract where the buyer cannot so much as change a comma: the contract is presented as two buttons: either I AGREE or I DON'T AGREE, the latter terminating the negotiations.

It is standard as well for the seller to impose a jurisdiction in their online e-commerce form contract, and also a mandatory alternative dispute resolution forum in the event of a dispute.

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