Information Technology Law: The Law and Society (4th edition)

ISBN : 9780198804727

Andrew Murray
720 ページ
171 x 246 mm

Information Technology Law is the ideal companion for a course of study on IT law and the ways in which it is evolving in response to rapid technological and social change.

The fourth edition of this ground-breaking textbook develops its unique examination of the legal processes and their relationship to the modern 'information society'. Charting the development of the rapid digitization of society and its impact on established legal principles, Murray examines the challenges faced with enthusiasm and clarity. Following a clearly-defined part structure, the text begins by defining the information society and discussing how it may be regulated, before moving on to explore issues of internet governance, privacy and surveillance, intellectual property and rights, and commerce within the digital sphere.

Comprehensive and engaging, Information Technology Law takes an original and thought-provoking approach to examining this fast-moving area of law in context.

Online resources

- Additional chapters on the Digital Sphere and Virtual Environments - Audio podcasts suitable for revision - Updates to the law post-publication - A flashcard glossary of key terms and concepts - Outline answers to end of chapter questions


Part I: The Information Society
1: The world of bits
2: The network of networks
3: Net neutrality
4: Regulating the information society
Part II: Content and the Information Society
5: Cyber-speech
6: Social networking and antisocial conduct
7: Defamation
Part III: Digital Content and Intellectual Property Rights
8: Intellectual property rights and the information society
9: Software
10: Digital creatives and copyright law
11: Copyright in the digital environment
12: Copyright infringement in the digital environment
13: Databases
14: Branding, trade marks and domain names
15: Brand identities, search engines, and secondary ma rkets
Part IV: E-Commerce
16: Electronic contracts
17: Electronic payments and cryptocurrency
18: Consumer protection
Part V: Criminal Activity in the Information Society
19: Computer misuse
20: Obscenity in the information society
21: Crime and law enforcement in the information society
Part VI: Data Privacy
22: Data protection: the legal framework
23: Data protection: rights and obligations
24: The international trade in personal data
25: State surveillance and data retention
Online only chapters
26: Digital Ownership
27: The digital public sphere
28: Virtual environments
29: The future for IT law


Andrew Murray is a Professor of Law at London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also a member of the Society of Computers and Law, the Higher Education Academy, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He was previously an Executive Member of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA) and is a visiting professor at the Computer/Law Institute, VU Amsterdam and was in Spring 2015 and Spring 2017 a visiting Professor at the Paris Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po).