From Publishers Weekly
Branscomb questions society's ability to control the accessibility of information-both public and private-and shows how lawmakers continue to apply outdated regulations to more technologically advanced systems.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
What could be, to put it mildly, an extremely dry and confusing topic-the rights of persons both to access information and to maintain private ownership of it at the same time-has instead become the basis of an engrossing volume. Communications lawyer Branscomb focuses on several questions of information access, showing how personal rights conflict with those of society and what remedies should be available. She confronts problems that everyone can identify with in such areas as direct mail and telephone marketing, credit reports, and medical and personal records. The author then moves on to computer software and, in the most fascinating and thought-provoking chapter, religious information (who really owns the Dead Sea Scrolls? Can they be copyrighted?). Extremely well researched with an abundance of citations to statutes and major cases, yet immensely absorbing and written for lay readers, this is highly recommended for all collections.Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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