Jeremy Holt, Jeremy Newton
This book explains, in plain English, the IT-related legal issues faced by businesses on a daily basis. It discusses the most relevant legal frameworks and gives examples from actual case law used to illustrate the kinds of problems that most commonly arise. Read more
'...relevant and packed with information that we as IT professionals need [...] This is a great book to have in the office to act as a checklist for IT managers...'
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Peter Wheatcroft, Principal Consultant, Partners in IT
'A small but perfectly formed legal guide to spotting potential IT problems...With this book you'll stay on the right side of a very complex subject.'
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Top ten legal issues
Compiled by editor Jeremy Holt, the following is a list of the top things every manager should know about IT:
- It is a criminal offence to use more than the number of copies of a software program for which you are licensed in your business.
- If a freelance contractor writes a computer program for you, you do not automatically own the copyright in such program.
- Every computer contract should contain a mediation clause.
- Every email must, by law, contain the full name, registered number and registered office of the company that sent it.
- Every employer should lay down a computer use policy for their staff.
- Every business should have a data destruction policy for personal data.
- By law staff using computers are entitled to a free pair of glasses from their employer (and an annual eye test).
- It is a myth that open source software can not be used in commercial software applications.
- It is also a myth that open source software can be used by business without agreement to software licence terms.
- If you deal with the public sector do not assume that all your trading information will be kept confidential (even if your contract says that it will be so treated).