Dr. Ronald B. Standler
Lawyer in Massachusetts

Computer Law

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I earned a Ph.D. in physics in 1977, then worked in electrical engineering research and consulting until 1995.   I have programmed computers since 1968, and been a webmaster since 1997.   Since 1998, I am licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.   I am admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Services available include:
I can easily travel to towns in northeastern Massachusetts, or to the Boston area, including Cambridge, MA.

About Dr. Standler

By way of introduction, I: I shall personally do all work on my client's case or problem, so that my client gets the full benefit of my education and experience.   My technical experience means that I not only understand technology, but also I am personally aware of the importance of protecting intellectual property rights of programmers and companies who have paid for research and development expenses.

My homepage at www.rbs2.com/ contains links to documents with my credentials, my current fees, how to contact me, and links to my essays on other topics in law.

My Essays About Computer Law

Essays on this website are provided only to provide general information and to communicate my personal comments on interesting topics in law, technology, and society. Essays on this website are neither legal advice nor legal opinion. Accessing this website or reading documents on this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. See my disclaimer for details.

All essays at this website are protected by copyright. I have posted my Terms Of Service for printing, copying, and distributing my essays at this website.

I am an attorney only in Massachusetts, so I can not provide legal advice to people in other states of the USA, unless they have been injured or sued in Massachusetts, or unless your local attorney hires me as a consultant. However, I have posted the following hints for how to find an attorney.

Computer Law

My attempt to define computer law.

My essay on the growing problem of computer crime.   I have also written Tips for Avoiding Computer Crime.

My long essay on examples of malicious computer programs (e.g., computer viruses and worms) emphasizes the nonexistent or weak punishment for the authors of those malicious programs. I have also written an essay on how to recognize e-mail that contains a hoax about computer viruses.

My essay on copyright law in the USA considers copyright infringement on the Internet, as well as fair use, photocopy machines, and plagiarism.

My essay on trademark law discusses some abuses on the Internet.

Computer equipment is vulnerable to damage by electrical surges on the power and data conductors. While surges are mostly an engineering problem, there may be legal liability for electric and telephone utilities, and also liability for manufacturers of computer equipment.

Computers and other electronic technologies can be used to invade people's privacy. For example, privacy of e-mail is a serious concern to many people.   My other essays on privacy are listed in a separate webpage.

My discussion of issues in preparing a computer Acceptable Use Policy mentions more than twenty substantive issues to consider. My discussion is cast in a university environment, but similar issues occur in policies for businesses.

Copyright 2009-2011 by Ronald B. Standler
This document at   http://www.rbs2.com/icomp.htm
first posted 14 Jan 2009,   revised 16 May 2011

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