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No-nonsense Guide to Legal Issues in Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing



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ISBN 9781856048040
Published July 27, 2012 by Facet Publishing
160 Pages

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Book Description

Expert hands-on advice on getting the most out of Web 2.0 and cloud computing.

Applications like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Slideshare all raise legal problems for the information professional. Whether you're working with, managing or using Web 2.0 or cloud computing applications you will need to be able to assess and manage risk effectively.

This no-nonsense practical working tool will make the relevant legal principles simple to understand for those with little or no experience and make common problems quick to solve when you're struggling with daily deadlines. Each chapter starts with an accessible introduction to the key areas of relevant law and the implications for Web 2.0 and cloud computing. Cross-sectoral case studies illustrate real world problems and exercises with easy-to-follow, pragmatic solutions allow you to quickly develop good practice.

The relevant practice is discussed in relation to these key topics:

the major legal issues raised by Web 2.0

an overview of copyright

other intellectual property rights and related rights

data protection including UK and EU law

freedom of information

defamation and global differences in defamation law

cloud computing issues

liability issues.

Readership: This is an essential toolkit for all information professionals working in public, academic or special libraries, archives or museums, who are working with, using or managing Web 2.0 or cloud computing applications. It also provides a practical introduction to the law on these topics for LIS students and academics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction What is Web 2.0? Legal issues of Web 2.0 The structure of this book 2. Copyright Introduction The legislation at a glance The formalities needed to get copyright Ownership of copyright Types of copyright materials Lifetime of copyright Restricted acts – or what can you do or not do to a copyright work? Infringement Legal ways of making copies Recent changes to the law Differences between UK and US copyright law A copyright checklist Conclusions Answers to exercises 3. Other intellectual property rights and related rights Introduction Database rights The rights enjoyed by the rights owners Moral rights Performers’ rights Trademarks Domain names Patents Answers to exercises 4. Data protection and privacy Introduction UK data protection law Some definitions The rights of the data subjects Exemptions Transfer of data outside the EEA Cookies New laws coming? Answers to exercises 5. Freedom of information Introduction Some details FoI and research Exemptions The Information Commissioner Answers to exercises 6. Defamation Introduction Defences against a defamation action Possible changes to UK law Defamation law in the USA Across borders and other internet issues Conclusions 7. Cloud computing Introduction Cloud services and their contracts A slight digression on conflict of law Information security, data protection and the cloud Other legal issues Questions to ask a cloud service supplier before you sign up 8. Liability Introduction Contracts Tort Quality of electronic information Waiver clauses Other court cases Misleading information Employers’ liability A model contract for those submitting user-generated content? Conclusions Answers to exercises 9. Useful sources Textbooks and reference works Web-based resources Blogs, Twitter feeds and discussion lists

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