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The no-nonsense guide to legal issues in Web 2.0 and cloud computing

The no-nonsense guide to legal issues in Web 2.0 and cloud computing

Oppenheim, Charles

Expert, hands-on advice for getting the most out of Web 2.0 and cloud computing. It will make the relevant legal principles simple to understand for those with little or no experience and common problems quick to solve

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Facet, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Charles Oppenheim
ISBN: 1856048047, 9781856048040
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: x, 134 p. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Data protection; Internet; Web 2.0.; Cloud computing.; Law; Copyright; Internet Law and legislation Great Britain.; Law.


  1. 1. Introduction
  2. What is Web 2.0?
  3. Legal issues of Web 2.0
  4. The structure of this book  
  5. 2. Copyright
  6. Introduction
  7. The legislation at a glance 
  8. The formalities needed to get copyright
  9. Ownership of copyright
  10. Types of copyright materials
  11. Lifetime of copyright
  12. Restricted acts - or what can you do or not do to a copyright work?
  13. Infringement
  14. Legal ways of making copies
  15. Recent changes to the law
  16. Differences between UK and US copyright law
  17. A copyright checklist
  18. Conclusions
  19. Answers to exercises  
  20. 3. Other intellectual property rights and related rights
  21. Introduction
  22. Database rights
  23. The rights enjoyed by the rights owners 
  24. Moral rights 
  25. Performers' rights
  26. Trademarks
  27. Domain names
  28. Patents
  29. Answers to exercises  
  30. 4. Data protection and privacy
  31. Introduction
  32. UK data protection law
  33. Some definitions
  34. The rights of the data subjects
  35. Exemptions
  36. Transfer of data outside the EEA
  37. Cookies
  38. New laws coming?
  39. Answers to exercises  
  40. 5. Freedom of information
  41. Introduction
  42. Some details
  43. FoI and research
  44. Exemptions
  45. The Information Commissioner 
  46. Answers to exercises  
  47. 6. Defamation
  48. Introduction
  49. Defences against a defamation action
  50. Possible changes to UK law
  51. Defamation law in the USA
  52. Across borders and other internet issues
  53. Conclusions  
  54. 7. Cloud computing
  55. Introduction
  56. Cloud services and their contracts 
  57. A slight digression on conflict of law
  58. Information security, data protection and the cloud
  59. Other legal issues
  60. Questions to ask a cloud service supplier before you sign up  
  61. 8. Liability
  62. Introduction
  63. Contracts
  64. Tort
  65. Quality of electronic information
  66. Waiver clauses
  67. Other court cases
  68. Misleading information
  69. Employers' liability
  70. A model contract for those submitting user-generated content?
  71. Conclusions
  72. Answers to exercises  
  73. 9. Useful sources
  74. Textbooks and reference works
  75. Web-based resources
  76. Blogs, Twitter feeds and discussion lists

Author note

Professor Charles Oppenheim is an internationally renowned expert, speaker, author and consultant on legal issues in LIS, particularly in copyright, data protection, freedom of information and cloud computing. He is an Honorary Fellow of CILIP, a member of the Legal Advisory Board of the European Commission, and of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance.


"Here is a book that is up-to-date and accessible and I think it would be a valuable read for any non-lawyer with an interest or involvement in this area...The Guide's special strength is copyright and other IPRs, where the example case studies are well selected and genuinely enlightening."||"Easily read, this work is balanced nicely between being comprehensive and concise. Legal issues are addressed point by point, supported by case studies with notes on the Web 2.0 points, and followed with short exercises to allow testing of one's understanding of the problem being addressed, its implications, and one's ability to apply appropriate responses. The conclusion, along with answers to questions at the end of each chapter, provides helpful summaries of information. This handbook concludes with a list of useful sources for further research and an index. This will be a sought-after and well-used provides practical guidance, ranging from interpreting law and best practice to critical issues in information management. It is highly recommended for all information-management professionals and students, especially those working in Web 2.0 and cloud environments."