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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
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
copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005
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