The new edition of this introductory textbook, formerly published as "Computers and the Law", incorporates new case law and important statutes such as the Computer Misuse Act 1990. It discusses the EC directive on legal protection of computer software and reverse analysis / compatibility issues and also offers a coherent discussion of the conjunction between the law and computer technology. It describes the legal implications of acquiring, developing and using computer equipment and software and analyzes the impact that technology has on the law. The text concentrates on the theoretical foundations and legal grey areas which are of direct relevance to organizations and persons involved with computers, to provide the practical guidance needed to use the law constructively, allow for its deficiencies and avoid its many pitfalls. This edition maintains the clear and concise style adopted in the first edition and remains accessible to the reader. It is aimed at HND Business Information Technology, Degree and HND in Computer Studies, LLB options on computer law. The books is particularly suitable for final-year computer science undergraduates taking "Legal and Professional Issues" options. It should also be relevant to the computer industry and law professionals.
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The last decade has seen the field of computer law develop at a phenomenal rate in response to changing technology. Introduction to Computer Law explains the law clearly and makes it accessible to a wide audience. In this fourth edition, the law within the four key areas of intellectual property rights, contract, criminal law and data protection has been comprehensively updated, expanded and rewritten to reflect technological change, new decisions and new legislation. The emphasis is on describing and examining the law in the context of the practicalities of computer use. Introduction to Computer Law is suitable for undergraduate and professional students taking modules in the subject, and will also be invaluable to managers, computer professionals and legal practitioners.
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