A practical guide to the law governing the protection of software and integrated circuits on an international level. The work covers the European Community, with chapters on other major jurisdictions. It includes sample international software licensing agreements, forms and a multi-lingual glossary with definitions of technical terms. Highlights of the book include: national copyright protection systems in more than 65 countries and the European Union; national privacy protection systems and EC privacy law; EC competition law as applied to the information technology industry; Trade-related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) as it relates to computer software, semiconductor chips and databases; Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and the newly emerging technologies in the electronic transmission of structured and coded messages; European-Model EDI Agreement with article-by-article annotations; Magill T.V. Guide (The Magill case) decision and the issue of intellectual property rights versus competition rules; and extensive coverage of on line communications, including digital signatures and distance selling.
Tables, including lists of signatory nations to various treaties, and important primary sources of law, including statutory material and EC Directives and Guidelines, can also be found in the book. The price quoted for the work covers one year's worth of service.