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- Publisher: LONGMAN
- Format: Hardback | 496 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm 872g
- Publication date: 29 January 1990
- Publication City/Country: Harlow
- ISBN 10: 0582059321
- ISBN 13: 9780582059320
- Edition: 4, Revised
- Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
- Illustrations note: bibliography, tables, indices
This is a new edition of a book dealing with the law as it applies to computers. The increased use of computers throughout the world has dramatically expanded this area of legislation, and this is an essential and unified summary of the vast amount of available material. The author attempts to integrate the law's treatment of computers into that of surrounding and interlocking areas of the law. He explains the interaction of ordinary rules and special rules, and covers the basic principles of almost the whole range of legal subjects. Intended as an introduction to the subject for a newcomer, this text also hopes to provide some discussion and points of interest for the more expert legal reader.
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Table of contents
Part 1 Property: patent - statutory framework, application to computers, suitability; copyright - the basis for protection, the range of application, ownership and third party rights, contributory infringement, remedies and proof; trade secrets and unfair competition - relation to other areas, interest of plaintiff, conduct of defendant, remedies; alternative approaches - passing off, trade marks, monopoly and anti-trust, bespoke regimes. Part 2 Liability: contract - nature of problem, hardware contracts, software contracts, maintenance contracts, personnel contracts, bureau services contracts, sale lease and licence, terms of the contract, remedies, dispute resolution; tort - overlap with contract, fraud, negligence, strict liability, defamation, artificial intelligence; crime - the problem, general criminal law, special crimes, reform; privacy - the conventional wisdom, preventive measures, remedies. Part 3 Procedure: evidence - nature of the problem, means, admissibility, miscellaneous points of evidence; practice - pre-trial, trial.