Information Technology and the Law
|Faculty/School:||Faculty of Law|
|Credit Value:||10 credit points|
|Subject Enquiries:||Faculty of Law|
Telephone: +61 7 5595 2008
|Study Abroad availability:||Not currently available to Study Abroad students|
|Subject Outline:||January 2013 [ Standard ]|
This subject explores ways in which the law has adapted, or is likely to adapt, to developments in information technology. The precise issues discussed vary from year to year, depending on what is topical at the time. Examples of issues studied include the protection of computer technology through intellectual property rights; the regulation of internet content; cryptography, security and computer crime; and freedom of information and privacy.
The subject is not restricted to commercial topics, so its scope is wider than Electronic Commerce & the Law (LAWS13-429), although there is some overlap. There is also some overlap with intellectual property electives, although the focus in this subject will be on intellectual property as it applies to information technology, computers and the Internet.
While the subject is open to law and non-law students, it is not recommended as a general introductory course in information technology law - LAWS13-429 Electronic Commerce & the Law is more suited for this purpose. If students have not done Electronic Commerce & the Law or studied copyright before, they will be expected to do some background reading to be able to cope with the topics studied in this subject.