The present note examines the current state of affairs relating to the legal regulation of information in Russia. Special attention is paid to the legal rules and regulations connected to using the Internet. On the basis of an analysis of the legislation in force, a conclusion is drawn that the legislator has (to date) failed to pay sufficient attention to the specifi c features of these relations. In particular, the problem of applicability of the legislation governing mass media to the legal relations relating to the Internet will be considered in this article. Specific criteria are offered, allowing one to make a substantiated conclusion about the applicability of mass media legislation in this special case.