Monday, July 30, 2007

Web & Software Development: A Legal Guide

Josee often tells you about new books added to our collection. Today, I'm going to steal a bit of her thunder (sorry, J!).

We recently obtained an electronic version of the book "Web & Software Development: A Legal Guide". It's published by Nolo, a publisher of self-help legal books for people & businesses (and provider of lots of other titles in our collection). I like the books from Nolo, because they're an honest attempt at boiling down complicated legal issues into terminology that's straightforward. A lot of their titles (like this one) are written by practicing attorneys with practical experience in their chosen specialty.

We bought this book primarily because of a recurring type of request: Is software patentable? And, if it is, is it worth pursuing? I tried researching this question without this book, and the stuff I found was just dense and likely of little use to the client who needed it.

Fortunately, chapter 9 - "Software and Internet Patents" - was a bit of help (though the answer still isn't a simple "yes" or "no").

The book also addresses questions relating to copyright & trademark issues relating to software and website development. So, know that we've got a resource that can at least get at some of the basics behind this still-growing area of the law.

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