Consumer Protection in the Age of the 'Information Economy'

Consumer Protection in the Age of the 'Information Economy'

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To date, there have been few theoretical inquiries into the relationship between the technological innovation and basic objectives of consumer protection laws. This book addresses this need by considering the impact of technological innovation on the foundations of consumer advocacy, contracting behaviour, control over intellectual capital and information privacy. The collection presents a unique and timely perspective on these issues. The authors, internationally renowned experts, from diverse areas such as consumer issues in technology markets, contract, and intellectual property provide a fresh perspective on these topics. Contributions provide novel approaches to the question of what consumer protection might consist of in the context of technological innovation. The book will be a valuable resource to academics and researchers in law and public policy and is easily accessible to graduate and undergraduate students working in these areas.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 31.75mm | 852g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Aldershot, England, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • 0754647099
  • 9780754647096

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction: is consumer protection an anachronism in the information economy, Jane K. Winn. Part 1 What Does it Mean to "Protect Consumers" in the Twenty-first Century?: From The Jungle to The Matrix: the future of consumer protection in light of its past, Norman Silber; The internet, consumer protection and practical knowledge, Edward Rubin; Globalization, the third way and consumer law: the case of the UK, Iain Ramsay; Information liability and the challenges of law reform: an introductory note, Michael Traynor; Information technology standards as a form of consumer protection law, Jane K. Winn. Part 2 Can a Fair Balance Be Struck in Intellectual Property Law Between Innovators and Consumers?: Distinguishing Dastar: consumer protection, moral rights, and section 43(a), Glynn S. Lunney, Jr; Some copyright consumer conundrums, David McGowan. Part 3 New Rules for New Deals? The Impact of New Business Models on Old Contract Law: New basics: Twelve principals for fair commerce in mass-market software and other digital products, Jean Braucher; Contract, not regulation: UCITA and high-tech consumers meet their consumer protection critics, Richard A. Epstein; Rolling contracts as an agency problem, Clayton P. Gillette; Online consumer standard form contracting practices: a survey and discussion of legal implications, Robert A. Hillman; From consumer to person ?: developing a regulatory framework for non-bank e-payments, Anita Ramasastry. Part 4 Information Privacy: Who Knows What About Consumers and what Should Be Done About It?: The failure of fair information practice principles, Fred Cate; Privacy self regulation: a decade of disappointment, Chris Jay Hoofnagle; Bibliography; Index.
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About Jane K. Winn

Jane K. Winn is Professor and Director of the Shidler Center for Law, Commerce & Technology at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA, where she teaches commercial, comparative and technology law courses. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Melbourne School of Law. Her research focuses on electronic commerce law issues in the US, EU and the People's Republic of China.
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