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By Chris Reed

Early remedy of computing device legislation was once not more than the applying of current ideas to novel units of evidence. this day it's been famous more often than not that computing know-how does certainly supply upward thrust to specified criminal difficulties which aren't resolvable through using present felony rules. subject matters coated diversity from contractual concerns and highbrow estate safety to digital trade, information security and legal responsibility of web provider prone.

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They discussed their needs with the salesperson, and signed up on Olivetti's standard terms. These dealt only with the system's technical performance, but did not address certain other important issues. The system proved unsuitable for the firm's purposes; it was slow, difficult to use, and could not expand to cope with new business. None of these matters was dealt with in the contract. In the event, the court found that Olivetti was bound by the salesperson's claims that the system would be suitable for the law firm's needs, but by that stage the firm had expended time and money in the litigation, and then of course had to find a replacement system.

The law of contract has traditionally assumed the meeting of human minds, and requirements to undertake business transactions via written and signed documents are found in every country's laws. Major legislative reform is under way to assimilate these new, online transactions within an extended legal structure, and the most relevant laws and proposals are examined in the applicable chapters. 8 Globalization Until quite recently the users of IT acted locally, even if the IT industry was global. This meant that national laws still had the ability to provide meaningful solutions to most legal problems.

The Introduction to earlier editions of this work discussed the argument that there is no need to treat computer law as a separate topic because it is no more than the application of existing principles to novel sets of facts. Today there can be no disagreement that computing technology does indeed give rise to novel legal problems which are not resolvable by applying existing legal principles. This is particularly apparent where transactions are carried out through the exchange of digital information rather than by human interaction.

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