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Covers the Range of UK and EU IT Law,
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This review is from: It Law: An Iseb Foundation (Paperback)
This is a text book for the British Computer Society ISEB exams. I am not taking the exams, but I was interested in the content. It is a good foundational guide to the broad sweep of IT law,and will provide a good grounding in the subject. Some areas were only touched on very briefly (e.g Accessibility), and I would have liked to see a fuller book list for each of the areas covered (for instance, a link to Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman would be helpful).
However the book achieves its purpose and the reader will usually have a good idea how to locate further reading.
Only recommended for UK readers as the law covered is primarily the law as it affects the UK (English law and European law).
I was slightly annoyed by the chapter on IPR which at times became something of a soap box for a unified EU law on software patents against the alleged interference of open source proponents. A challenging voice asking, for instance, whether such an important bill should really have been introduced as a rider on a fisheries bill, rather than meriting fuller consideration in its own legislation, would have been appreciated.
It also argued that as we have patents on software, including an example in the book of patented spreadsheets that slipped through because they were dressed up as hardware, the patent law should simply be regularised across Europe. The possibility that people might argue that such patents should simply not be allowed because they serve no purpose was not considered.
However space is limited in the book and it would have probably been better to omit the soapbox altogether.