Legal Protection of Digital Information, Second Edition

Software designers, in-house counsel, and attorneys need to understand how to protect their digital information. This excellent resource provides an introduction to patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law in the digital arena; cites key cases that define the scope of what can be copyrighted or patented; examines trademark and trade secret law; and gives incisive interpretations of important intellectual property statutes, including the America Invents Act (AIA) and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).



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  • Are computer programs copyrightable?
  • What are the four "safe harbors" for network service providers?
  • How do "Notice, Takedown, and Put-back" procedures impact your clients?
  • What is fair use in the internet environment?

In-house counsel, attorneys, software designers, and students can gain new insights into intellectual property law in the electronic age-and discover the key to protecting their clients’, their company’s, or their own digital information, computer programs, and software-based inventions-with this updated handbook. Dr. Hollaar, registered patent agent, software and hardware developer, and lead technical expert in the Microsoft antitrust suit, has long been active in the interface between computer science and law. Now, the former Fellow with the United States Senate judiciary committee who advised on computer-related issues such as encryption, copyright and patent law, and regulation of the internet, has updated his insider’s guide to intellectual property law as it applies to digital material.

Drawing on his unique experience, Dr. Hollaar offers practical analysis of patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law in the electronic age and presents critical information in clear, straightforward language. Originally created to teach software developers about types of intellectual property protection, what they protect and don’t protect, and why, this book presents the key material from a legal perspective, providing an excellent resource for attorneys, in-house counsel, and law and computer science students who want to gain a familiarity with intellectual property law in general, and in particular with how current law and case law protects software and other digital works. For those already knowledgeable in computer law and intellectual property, this book looks at some situations that have not been litigated or widely discussed and provides the author’s expert perspective.

Expanding on the First Edition’s excellent foundation, including a comprehensive analysis of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Second Edition:

  • Updates the chapter on patents to reflect the substantial changes in the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA),  particularly the shift to first-inventor-to-file
  • Revises the chapter on software-based inventions to reflect the ongoing state of software patents in light of the Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice v. CLS decision and progeny
  • Adds new chapters on trade secrets and trademarks as they apply to software
  • Discusses Oracle v. Google and the copyright of computer programs



Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

Professor Lee A. Hollaar (Emeritus), University of Utah. Prior to retirement, Professor Hollaar's research included software and hardware systems for text handling and retrieval (major support from the National Science Foundation and the Central Intelligence Agency), distributed systems, and data communications.



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