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Information Law in Practice

2nd Edition

By Paul Marett


260 pages

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This title was first published in 2003: Law changes rapidly. Since the first edition of this book in 1991 there have been tremendous changes - European Union measures, a new Defamation Act and Data Protection Act, amendments to copyright, and new problems from the Internet. This second edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to reflect these changes. Copyright, patents, and confidential information are marketable commodities needing the protection of law. This is not a book for the legal specialist but a readable guide to information law for those in the information management field. It includes many examples of legal cases and helpful explanations of the different kinds and causes of legal action. One chapter is devoted to electronic data issues and two to copyright abroad and transnational protection of intellectual property. Whilst the main emphasis is on copyright - written, visual, musical and multimedia - other areas of intellectual property, particularly patents, are discussed, and advice given on trade marks, passing off and related issues. The author explains the legal principles of data protection and privacy, libel, freedom of information, official secrets, censorship, obscenity, blasphemy, and racial hatred. Full statute and case references are included in the book. Information scientists, librarians and others in modern information and media management will find this book an invaluable reference for what they can and can’t do with information they manage and distribute.


’… a good read and gives some introduction to most topics useful to information workers. Good books by lawyers for non lawyers are rare … this is a book worth having on your own shelves for easy reference and as a starting point for more detailed research.’ Inform ’The author has accomplished the considerable task of distilling the potentially chaotic variety of streams feeding into this subject into one smooth-flowing channel.’ Copyright World ’Information Law in Practice is fascinating and full of useful and practical advice, as well as providing an understandable and readable guide to the relevant legislation. It is highly recommended.’ Information Management Report ’…an accessible guide to information law for those in the information management field…a useful reference for what can and cannot be done with information that they are entrusted to manage…immense value.’ Managing Risk 'It is very readable, clearly written and well laid out in short sections. This is a very important and well laid out work on a very complex topic.' Managing Information '…this is a valuable reference book, useful for having so many aspects of information law in one place.' Journal of Documentation 'The text is an excellent work of introduction to information law, striking in its organisation and lucidity. Marett has made a complex area of law accessible without compromising the quality of the material presented. As such, Information Law in Practice will be of particular value to student and lay readers as an introduction to this fascinating area of law, but it also presents a thorough introduction for practitioners from other areas of the law.' EIPR - European Intellectual Property Review, Vol. 26 Iss 2, February 2004

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Protection of written works; Entertainment and related media; The work of the artist, designer and photographer; Electronic data; Patents and other industrial property; Copyright abroad; Transnational protection of intellectual property; Legal cautions for the information provider; The future; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Dr Marett, MA Cantab, BA Bristol, BA CNAA, BSc(Econ) BCom PhD London, FCIArb, FRHistS, of Gray’s Inn Barrister, formerly taught Intellectual Property Law in what is now the Department of Information Science in Loughborough University

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General