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Legal Guide to Web & Software Development (book with CD-Rom) 5th Edition

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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)

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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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 5th edition (October 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413305326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413305326
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,472 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 By C. Schofield on February 8, 2008
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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 By Warpy McDuckard on February 8, 2008
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William D. Sutherland on June 11, 2013
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This guide provides little in the way of guidance unless you are producing shrink-wrap software. The web portion of the book is already outdated and not useful for today's SAAS world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JimmyB on October 5, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on March 5, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Quellhorst on January 6, 2013
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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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By Lawrence on February 5, 2011
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Like the people above, I needed this for my own web development business as well as a textbook for a class. I'm glad this was the book selected for that class. It's very clear on the various aspects of law and technology. I highly recommend this book for someone that is going into some type of business in web or software development.
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