Information technology has served to revolutionise the use, exchange, and protection of information. The growth of the internet, the convergence of technologies as well as the development of user generated and social networking sites has meant that significant amounts of person data as well as copyrighted materials are now readily accessible. Within this changing cultural landscape the legal concepts of privacy, data protection, intellectual property and criminality have necessarily had to develop and adapt. In this volume a number of international scholars consider this process and whether it has merely been a question of the law adapting to technology or whether technology has been forced to adapt to law. Technologies have wrought a culture shift it is therefore apposite to ask whether legal concepts, as reflections of culture, should also change. It is in this volume where papers on privacy date protection, intellectual protection and cyber crime begin address this question.

This book was published as a special issue of International review of Law Computers and Technology.

chapter |11 pages

Children's data protection vs marketing companies

ByEmmanuelle Bartoli

chapter |30 pages

The UK 2007–2008 data protection fiasco: Moving on from bad policy and bad law?

ByJoseph A. Cannataci, Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici

chapter |11 pages

Is identity theft really theft?

ByClare Sullivan

chapter |9 pages

‘Spam, spam, spam, spam … Lovely spam!' Why is Bluespam different?

ByEleni Kosta, Peggy Valcke, David Stevens

chapter |14 pages

Technology and the cultural appropriation of music

ByRichard Jones