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A Manager’s Guide to IT Law, 2nd Edition

Book Description

This comprehensive guide for management professionals discusses the IT-related legal issues faced by businesses on a daily basis. Legal concepts and terminology are notoriously difficult for non-specialists, but this book explains in plain English the most relevant legal frameworks and gives examples from actual case law.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Half title Page
  3. Bcs the Chartered Institute For It
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright Page
  6. Contents
  7. Contributors
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Abbreviations
  10. Glossary
  11. Useful Websites
  12. Preface to Second Edition
  13. 1 IT CONTRACTS – Jeremy Holt
    1. Introduction
    2. Parts of a contract
    3. Who are you going to call?
    4. Checking out the supplier
    5. Letter of intent
    6. The supplier’s terms
    7. What contracts are there likely to be?
    8. Appendix: Main points of an IT contract
  14. 2 SYSTEMS PROCUREMENT CONTRACTS – Jeremy Newton
    1. The negotiation process
    2. Beware the standard contract
    3. Contract mechanics
    4. Commercial highlights
    5. Problem management
    6. Enforceability of exclusion clauses
    7. Conclusion
    8. Appendix: The ‘reasonableness’ test in practice
  15. 3 AVOIDING EMPLOYMENT PROBLEMS – Jeremy Holt
    1. Introduction
    2. Computer and email usage policies
    3. Avoiding health and safety claims
    4. Appendix: Specimen policy for computer and email use
  16. 4 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW FOR COMPUTER USERS – Jennifer Pierce
    1. Introduction
    2. Hardware and intellectual property rights
    3. Software and intellectual property rights
    4. Databases and intellectual property rights
    5. Websites and intellectual property rights
    6. Domain names and intellectual property rights
    7. The internet and trade marks
    8. The internet and copyright and database right
    9. Appendix: A basic guide to intellectual property and related rights
  17. 5 SOURCE CODE ESCROW – Jon Leigh and Graham Wood
    1. Introduction
    2. The importance of escrow for software users
    3. When do you need escrow?
    4. Technical considerations
    5. Verification
    6. What should be lodged?
    7. The agreements
    8. User’s duties
    9. Choosing an escrow agent
    10. Advantages of escrow for software owners
    11. Conclusion
  18. 6 OUTSOURCING – Jeremy Newton
    1. Introduction
    2. Defining the services
    3. Design risk
    4. Service Level Agreement
    5. Pricing and payment mechanisms
    6. The outsourcing life cycle
    7. Other relevant issues
  19. 7 DATA PROTECTION – Andrew Katz
    1. Introduction
    2. What data are covered
    3. Sensitive personal data
    4. Who needs to notify?
    5. How to notify
    6. Data protection principles
    7. Rights of data subjects
    8. Exemptions
    9. Penalties and enforcement
    10. References
  20. 8 DOING BUSINESS ONLINE – Jeremy Newton
    1. Introduction
    2. Information to be provided to clients
    3. Forming contracts electronically
    4. Performance and cancellation
    5. Jurisdiction
    6. Marketing communications
    7. Consequences of non-compliance
    8. Other considerations
    9. Appendix: Consolidated information requirements
  21. 9 SETTING UP JOINT VENTURES – Andrew Katz
    1. Introduction
    2. Joint ventures and IT projects
    3. Establishing a joint venture
    4. Structure of a joint venture
    5. The operating agreement
    6. Competition law
    7. Appendix: Checklists for a joint venture operating agreement
  22. 10 CLOUD COMPUTING – Stuart Smith
    1. What is cloud computing?
    2. The services in the cloud
    3. The evolution of cloud computing
    4. Cloud formations
    5. Silver linings and thunder clouds
    6. Data protection and security
    7. Important clauses in a cloud computing contract for services
    8. Conclusion
  23. 11 OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE – Andrew Katz
    1. Introduction
    2. What is open source?
    3. The public domain
    4. Open source and communities
    5. Open source software businesses
    6. Running open source in your business
    7. Open source and licensing
    8. Software development in context
    9. Contracting open source projects
    10. Open source software and due diligence
    11. Open source policies and procedures
    12. Open source software: employees and contractors
    13. Open source software and patents
    14. Associated licences
    15. Further information
  24. 12 WEEE REGULATIONS – Andy Lucas
    1. Introduction
    2. The players
    3. What is WEEE and what do the regulations cover?
    4. Key obligations on IT businesses
    5. Key commercial issues
    6. Further information
  25. 13 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION – Victoria Hordern
    1. Introduction
    2. Transparency Agenda
    3. Public authorities
    4. A public authority’s obligations
    5. Providing information to the public authority
    6. The request process
    7. Withholding information
    8. Impact of FOIA on private companies
    9. Dealing with FOIA
    10. Procurement
    11. Drafting a clause
    12. Further information
  26. 14 RESOLVING DISPUTES – Sara Ellacott
    1. Introduction
    2. Overview of dispute resolution methods
    3. Key factors in dispute resolution
    4. Specific dispute resolution methods
    5. Conclusion
  27. Index
  28. Text Table
  29. Notes
  30. Back Cover