Legal Issues for the IT Professional
The course is a study of every major area of law that has an impact on the IT professional. The focus is on issues pertaining to electronic commerce and other technology-intensive business practices. The course discusses basic commercial law, jurisdictional issues, and the contracting environment for online activity, including UCITA, intellectual property law, domain names, the protection of databases, privacy and publicity rights, and government regulation, including content-based restrictions, criminal law, and the prospective taxation of e-commerce. The goal of the course is to provide basic background in these issues for non-lawyers, and to promote sensitivity to the technological and business scenarios in which legal issues arise, enabling better management of their technological resources and commercial opportunities.