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First Cyberlaw Textbook Comes at a Pivotal Time for Business Law

October 1, 2000

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Waltham, Mass. - CyberLaw: Text and Cases (West Publishing, 2001) is the first of its kind. It is specifically written for e-business students both at the undergraduate level as well as the graduate level. Amazon.com calls the textbook "exciting". The book was co-authored by Bentley College law professors Gerald R. Ferrera, Stephen D. Lichtenstein, adjunct professor and research associate Margo E.K. Reder, law professor Ray August of Washington State University and Bentley professor of Computer Information Systems William Schiano.

Coming soon will be a 396-page retail paperback version, NetLaw: Your Legal Rights in Cyberspace (West College Publishing). Amazon.com says the retail version "presents a wide variety of legal and ethical issues relating to Internet law and intellectual property protection".

"Cyberlaw is the new legal environment, the new frontier," said Lichtenstein, Chair of the Bentley College Law Department. "With the enormous potential and growth of e-commerce and e-business and the new and complex legal issues and problems precipitated by it, our department recognized that cyberlaw was the next level for our discipline. Additionally, we recognized that it would be a disservice to allow our students, the emerging business leaders of the future, to graduate without the opportunity to explore those issues and problems not merely in piecemeal fashion but with a full-blown course. Bentley's Cyberlaw course and our textbook represent the result of that recognition. Both have stimulated much excitement and interest around the country among our peers especially those who, heretofore, had not realized that a bits and pieces approach to cyberlaw would be insufficient," added Lichtenstein.

The release of CyberLaw: Text and Cases (West Publishing, 2001) comes at a pivotal time for business schools. The topics of the book not only address an introduction to the subject matter but also hot issues that continue to emerge in cyberspace such as:

Intellectual property issues including trademarks and copyrights and their application to such cases as Napster Business and finance issues including online sales contracts, security offerings and taxation Social issues including privacy rights, obscenity and defamation including their application to the workplace, and Internet and computer crime Global issues as they relate to cyberspace

    In fact, due to the amount of national recognition their book has received, the Bentley authors recently attended the 75th annual conference of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business in Baltimore from August 7-11, where they presented the keynote symposium on the topic, E-Commerce: Developing a Course in Cyberlaw.

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