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This book is essentially a guide to copyright and trademark law with Internet applications. Utilizing established copyright, trademark, and patent law, Kurz covers much of the growing body of Internet case law, which is still small in comparison with other technologies but is growing every day. His book includes informative endnotes for further inquiry, sample copyright forms, patent and trademark forms, assignment forms, and a sample confidentiality agreement. Writing from a legal perspective, Kurz has produced a highly informative and understandable reference source. An excellent legal starting point for budding webmasters or the next Tim Berners-Lee; recommended for all libraries.-Alan Schroeder, Chapman Univ. Sch. of Law, Huntington Beach, Cal. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Kurz and colleagues provide a basic understanding of how to navigate through and avoid the legal morass within cyberspace. Internet users will be made aware of some of the legal aspects related to this relatively new medium. More specifically, the book explains basic principles pertaining to laws of copyright, trademark, trade secrets, patents, libel, defamation, and related issues as well as touching upon principles of contracts and licensing. Readers will become familiar with the issues involved in achieving adequate protection of their intellectual and commercial endeavors and will be able to guard against abuse by others. The authors also outline steps to avoid or minimize the chance of unknowingly engaging in unlawful activity. The content, however, is not a treatise examining the details of jurisprudence. Useful appendixes include, among others, US copyright and trademark office forms; assignment of trademark registration and of all rights in works, including copyright; and confidentiality agreements. Although anyone interested in the legal issues concerning the Internet will find this book useful, the discussion regarding intellectual property and copyright will be especially informative for librarians, researchers, and authors. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. J. M. Howe; VA Medical Library, San Francisco