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Electronic Signatures in Law [Hardcover]

Stephen Mason
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23 July 2007
This book considers the function of the electronic signature, and demonstrates the flexibility of the English common law in recognising its various changes in form in response to technology. This new 2nd edition has been fully revised and updated in line with new case law and changes in legislation and codes. In keeping with the international nature of the internet, this book covers almost every jurisdiction which has a law on electronic signatures, including three brand-new comparative chapters on Canada, the US and Germany.

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  • Hardcover: 728 pages
  • Publisher: Tottel Publishing; 2Rev Ed edition (23 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847660517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847660510
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,339,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Mason's book is strongly recommended for any legal practitioner, policy maker, or judicial officer who needs to assess the deployment and use of electronic signatures.' Timothy S. Reiniger, Jurimetrics --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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This third edition examines what constitutes an electronic signature, the forms an electronic signature can take and the issues relating to evidence, formation of contract and negligence. Case law from various common law and civil law jurisdictions is analysed to illustrate how the law has adapted in the past. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Stephen Mason, in the second edition of his work `Electronic Signatures in Law', sums up the balance between his work and the long established and companion of renowned, `Byles on Bills of Exchange and Cheques' (twenty-eighth edition, 170 years and going strong), when he writes that a colleague once referred to electronic signatures as the `burning branch of obscurity.

Mason's friend was "indicating, indirectly, that although electronic signatures in their many forms are used daily by millions of people millions of times", the understanding surrounding the topic (like bills of exchange) was negligible! This work by Mason is a particular relevance to those who study the formation of contracts in an electronic age where the old rules tend to be changing by reason of modern necessity.

Mason succeeds here with his aim to bring the topic of electronic signatures into focus with students, lawyers and non lawyers in an age where the common law notion that it `never had much truck with technological objections' could not be more unfortunate as the global market place dominates.

Mason's book, itself, is an excellent exposition of practices across the world with 16 detailed chapters, five appendices and a glossary.

He provides an in-depth analysis of:

* what constitutes an electronic signature;
* the form an electronic signature can take;
* issues relating to evidence, formation of contract and negligence; and
* guest authors writing chapters to cover Canada, Germany and the USA.
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