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Legal Guide to Web & Software Development (book with CD-Rom) [Paperback]

Stephen Fishman J.D.
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)


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Book Description

October 25, 2007 1413305326 978-1413305326 5th
Protect your rights, and your hard work!

The laws covering website and software development are complex and confusing, but if you don't untangle them, it could cost you thousands of dollars in attorneys' fees and lawsuits.

Fortunately, Legal Guide to Web & Software Development decodes this complex area of the law, thoroughly and in reader-friendly English. It also provides contracts, agreements and legal forms on CD-ROM, with step-by-step instructions for filling them out, so you can protect your software and website without paying a lawyer's ransom.

Use Legal Guide to Web & Software Development to learn:
  • what kind of legal protection you need
  • the strengths and limitations of each type of protection
  • how to avoid infringement
  • which provisions you need when drafting an agreement
  • how to obtain permission to use other people's materials

    You'll find complete, step-by-step instructions to draft:
  • employment agreements
  • contractor and consultant agreements
  • development agreements
  • license agreements

    The 5th edition of Legal Guide to Web & Software Development is completely updated to provide the latest case law and statutory revisions.


  • Editorial Reviews

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    This book passes my own personal test for legal guides -- that it be easily readable for people who detest lawyers -- and passes it with higher marks than any other legal guide I've come across. (Jeff Duntemann PC Techniques Magazine 2009-01-01)

    Here is a timely education into the basic legal issues that should be understood by every programmer, designer, and manager. At last, in one book, you can read all about... intellectual property, employment and contracts. (EDS Research 2009-01-01)

    Covers every imaginable detail important to such a rapidly growing and intangible medium. (Entrepreneur 2009-01-01)

    An essential read for web and software developers looking for a straightforward legal guide... (Oman3D.com 2009-01-01)

    An amazing book! A must for anyone in the software business... Answers nearly every legal question you can imagine and some you would have never thought of. Highest recommendation! (John Dvorak PC Magazine 2009-01-01)

    From the Publisher

    Step-by-step instructions on drafting employment agreements, contractor and consultant agreements, development agreements and license agreements - forms for which you'll find on the CD-ROM

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 544 pages
    • Publisher: NOLO; 5th edition (October 25, 2007)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1413305326
    • ISBN-13: 978-1413305326
    • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7 x 8.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

    More About the Author

    Stephen Fishman has dedicated his career as an attorney and author to writing useful, authoritative and recognized guides on taxes and business law for entrepreneurs, independent contractors, freelancers and other self-employed people, as well as books on copyright law and the public domain. He is the author of over 20 books and hundreds of articles, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. He lives in Alameda, California with his wife.

    His website is at www.fishmanlawandtaxfiles.com

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I needed... February 8, 2008
    Format:Paperback
    I needed to write up a web-development contract as an independent contractor. Previously, I had used bits and pieces of other contracts but never quite knew what some of the paragraphs meant. A colleague recommended this book, I bought it and have not regretted it. One of the biggest helps is the author explains the meaning of every paragraph of the contract and makes recommendations in your favor. I finally wrote a contract that I understood and was comfortable handing to the client. And what's even better is they signed it without any changes! I just copied the legal agreements directly from the CD-ROM, modified them to suit the context and sent it off. Also explains the need to register copyrights, and legal stuff related to web sites.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good, though not exactly a textbook February 8, 2008
    Format:Paperback
    Had to buy this for an E-Commerce class I'm taking in law school -- I guess it was the closest thing to a textbook the professor could find. Very useful and straightforward.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Ebook Edition January 6, 2013
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I purchased the ebook edition of this book. I assumed there would be a link in the book for downloading the cdrom contents but couldn't find one. Considering the ebook costs about the same as the dead trees version, I should have purchased that one.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A good introductory text on intellectual property March 5, 2012
    By Matt
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This text provides a strong introduction to intellectual property law, focusing on the software industry. The concepts are explained clearly and concisely. The accompanying CD contains sample documents which the reader may use as a basis for intellectual property contracts--e.g. non-disclosure agreements. If you know nothing about the law, and need to understand intellectual property quickly, this is the text for you.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Through Book October 5, 2011
    By JimmyB
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book really helped me understand my options to protect my software projects. It probably saved me thousands of dollars in legal fees by helping me to understand what it was I wanted before I ever called an attorney, and helped me figure out what attorney was best suited for my needs. It does a very good job of walking you through the steps you need to follow if, like me, you're just starting out and need to do the ground work your self.

    I found it easy to read and comprehend, but what I liked best about it, was that it is written in modules. You don't have to read the whole book, just the parts that pertain to what you need to do now. I was able to quickly skim the book and plan for the copyrights I need in the future, but I don't ever anticipate reading it from cover to cover.

    The only negative thing I found was the forms on media CD. It's not that it's bad, just not complete. I found better forms on the web.
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