The Cyber Citizen's Guide Through the Legal Jungle: Internet Law for Your Professional Online Presence
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Paperback : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0967294029
- ISBN-13 : 978-0967294025
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Sashay Communications (May 10, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Highly recommend reading.
Today, the web publisher has be aware not only of copyright and trademarks, but of things like DRM, linking to content and images on other web sites, the GPL and a hundred other issues. Can I register a website called "ILikeCorvettes", or is GM going to come after me? And how free is free speech on the web? Is it okay to call Steve Jobs a bad name? Can I say that I hate Windows?
Luckily, for those of us who are not lawyers, Joy Butler has put together a very useful and easy to use handbook that covers all these issues, and more. She'll tell you how to avoid getting into trouble over copyright violation, including how to go about getting the rights to use copyrighted material. There's material on state laws regarding cyberstalking and cyber bullying- things the average Netizen is probably completely unaware of. There's a good discussion of cybersquatting- sitting on a name to deny others the use of it, with the hope of getting a company or individual to buy it. Her description of the various legal traps the unwitting blogger can find themself in is alone worth the price of the book.
Is it perfect? No. The organization remind me more of a legal brief than a how-to book for non-lawyers. The typography and layout could have used the guidance of a good book designer. But as far as content and completeness are concerned, Butler has done an excellent job.
(disclaimer: I received a free review copy)
The first two chapters are designed to help you get oriented and find out which issues are relevant to your way of using the cyber-world. Chapter 2 provides a series of questions and then guides you to the right chapters and sections that deal with those issues. For example, "Is someone using your online content without your permission?" She sends you to chapter three section eight.
Appendix A provides a list of resources you can use and a list for forms that you might find helpful in certain circumstances. Appendix B is a glossary for those of us who might stumble on technical words related to the Internet or the law.
The language is clear, simple, and direct. Ms. Butler wrote the book for non-lawyers. If you have even one legal issue that this book helps you with you are dollars ahead of dealing with that trouble through a lawyer.
And I found it interesting looking through the whole book. I think you will probably learn something useful.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Saline, MI