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TitlePractical Internet Law for Business
Author(s)Kurt M. Saunders
PublishedSeptember 2001
PublisherArtech House Publishers
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
The preface states that this book is intended to allow business and system managers to understand the legal issues surrounding electronic commerce. Chapter one provides a brief and basic historical overview of the Internet, stressing the decentralized nature, and the fact that nobody is in charge. Jurisdiction, and the rulings in regard to it, are discussed in chapter two. (Somewhat ironically, in view of the topic, while international decisions are mentioned, the material is definitely oriented to the United States legal system.) Encryption is the topic of chapter three, which deals with export controls on cryptographic software (even though the regulations have been extensively liberalized) and electronic signature laws (even though many of these laws allow for completely unencrypted "signatures"). Chapter four very briefly examines the issue of trade secrets, seemingly without much relation to the Internet. Trademarks, on the other hand, do have a great deal of relevance to the net in cybersquatting cases and the like, and are addressed in chapter five. Some of the material on copyright, in chapter six, repeats content dealt with in chapter five. Chapter seven provides an interesting and detailed examination of email privacy in the workplace. Chapter eight is rather vague, since its definition of "online crime" is not very specific. (Some of the case law presented is also reported simplistically: the account of United States vs Thomas, for example, does not deal with the issue of community standards that made the material legal in California but not in Tennessee. The book closes with patent law, in chapter nine (oddly separated from the other intellectual property topics in chapters four to six), most of which deals with the non-patentability of software. This work is a lot about law, and not very much about the Internet. How practical it is is a question that individual readers will have to answer. copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005

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Gives you suggestions to help you resolve or avoid legal problems, and offers guidance in designing systems and software that can account for and prevent legal trouble. From the back cover Due to the increasing use of the Internet in business and commercial transactions, there is a great need for more practical and reliable information on current legal issues in the world of e-commerce. This timely book provides an easy-to-understand overview of how the Internet has emerged as an important setting for business, and how business on the Internet is regulated by the courts as well as state and federal government. It offers professionals a clear and better understanding of complex legal concepts and terminology to help them comply with the law and spot legal issues that may arise. Practical Internet Law for Business includes valuable advice on how to help resolve or avoid legal problems, and offers guidance in designing systems and software that can account for and prevent legal trouble. This comprehensive reference explains the importance of maintaining the security and privacy of electronic communications, and the need to protect intellectual property rights such as trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets in the electronic environment. Moreover, it includes a discussion on the applicable criminal penalties that result from hacking and tampering with electronic data.

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