Computers and the Law

  • A. J. Smith
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)


At the end of this chapter you should be able to:
  • • Outline some of the more important provisions of the principal legislation concerned with the use of computers in a commercial environment including:

  • (i) copyright and similar forms of protection

  • (ii) the Data Protection Act (1984)

  • • Discuss the rights and liabilities usually conferred upon the users of ‘off the shelf software packages.

  • • Discuss the liability for errors which might arise from the use of software packages whether bought ‘off the shelf or developed in-house.

  • • Discuss the general legal issues surrounding contracts for the purchase of computer hardware and software.


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© A. J. Smith 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurveyingTrent PolytechnicNottinghamUK

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