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REVIEW: "Practical Internet Law for Business", Kurt M. Saunders

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKPRILFB.RVW 20051117 Practical Internet Law for Business , Kurt M. Saunders, 2001, 1-58053-003-6, U$73.00 %A Kurt M. Saunders %C 685 Canton St.,
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      BKPRILFB.RVW 20051117

      "Practical Internet Law for Business", Kurt M. Saunders, 2001,
      1-58053-003-6, U$73.00
      %A Kurt M. Saunders
      %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
      %D 2001
      %G 1-58053-003-6
      %I Artech House/Horizon
      %O U$73.00 800-225-9977 fax: 617-769-6334 artech@...
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580530036/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/1580530036/robsladesin03-20
      %O Audience s- Tech 1 Writing 2 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 162 p.
      %T "Practical Internet Law for Business"

      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 legal system of the United States.)
      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 may be is a question that individual readers will
      have to answer.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2005 BKPRILFB.RVW 20051117

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