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Legal Issues in Global Contexts Perspectives on Technical Communication in an International Age

By Kirk St. Amant, Martine Rife Copyright 2014
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Today, it has been said, the world is "flat," as online media allow information to move easily from point to point across the earth. International legal differences, however, are increasingly affecting the ease with which data and ideas can be shared across nations. Copyright law, for example, affects the international flow of materials by stipulating who has the right to replicate or to share certain kinds of content. Similarly, perspectives on privacy rights can differ from nation to nation and affect how personal information is shared globally. Moreover, national laws can affect the exchange of ideas by stipulating the language in which information must be presented in different geopolitical regions. Today's technical communicators need to understand how legal factors can affect communication practices if they wish to work effectively in global contexts. <br><br>This collection provides an overview of different legal aspects that technical communicators might encounter when creating materials or sharing information in international environments. Through addressing topics ranging from privacy rights and information exchange to the legalities of business practices in virtual worlds and perspectives on authorship and ownership, the contributors to this volume examine a variety of communication-based legal issues that can cause problems or miscommunication in international interactions. Reviewing such topics from different perspectives, the authors collectively provide ideas that could serve as a foundation for creating best practices on or for engaging in future research in the area of legal issues in international settings.

    Foreword: Considering Legal Issues in Global Contexts
    TyAnna Herrington

     Introduction: Legal Issues in Global Contexts: Examining Friction Points on the Flat Earth
    Kirt St.Amant and Martine Courant Rife


     CHAPTER 1. Hiding Behind a Password: Are Online Classes as Private as We Think?
    Wendy L. Kraglund-Gauthier and David C. Young

     CHAPTER 2. The Power of Slogans: The Rhetoric of Network Neutrality
    Brett Lunceford

     CHAPTER 3. The Rules of the Game: Real Legal and Economic Implications of Second Life
    Marco Antonio Chávez-Aguayo

     CHAPTER 4. Dimensions and Policies of Metrication and Communication
    Ronald L. Stone


     CHAPTER 5. Legal Literacy for Multilingual Technical Communication Projects
    Tatiana Batova

     CHAPTER 6. Adapting to the Changing Legal Context: How Executive Order 13166 is Shaping Translation and Localization in Health Care
    Nicole St. Germaine

     CHAPTER 7. Usable DRM: Sailing the Pirate’s Seas for Legal Entertainment
    Liza Potts


     CHAPTER 8. Workplace Realities versus Romantic Views of Authorship: Intellectual Property Issues, Globalization, and Technical Communication
    Pavel Zemliansky and Traci A. Zimmerman

     CHAPTER 9. Software Patent Law in Global Contexts: A Primer for Technical Writing Specialists
    Annette Vee

     CHAPTER 10. Orphan Works and the Global Interplay of Democracy, Copyright, and Access
    Martin S. Copenhaver

     Afterword: Global Challenges and the Value of Heuristics
    Heidi A. McKee and James E. Porter




    Kirk St. Amant, Martine Rife