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William J. Cook, Network Law Update: February 1995
Abstract: This paper details recent events in computer crime: theft, copywrite infringement, loss of privacy, pronorgaphy, and fraud. Cases and ongoing investigations are cited throughout. Also cited are the legality of several types of computer monitoring.

EFF, EFF Files on Cryptography
Abstract: Cryptography issues and files from the EFF.

Simson Garfinkel, Security Article Extracts Legalities
Abstract: This article attempts to broadly cover questions of computer security in the small business or law firm. Because of its objectives, this article is not a step-by-step guide on how to make a law firm computer more secure: Instead, this article hopes to acquaint the reader with the issues involved so that the reader may then be able to analyze systems on a case-by-case basis and recognize when outside assistance is required.

Eugene H. Spafford, Are Computer Hacker Break-ins Ethical?
Abstract: This article lists and refutes many of the reasons given to justify computer intrusions. It is the authors' contention that break-ins are ethical only in extreme situations, such as a life-critical emergency. The article also discusses why no break-in is "harmless".

Geoffrey S. Stewart, David Sylvester, Potential Liabilities Of Computer Software
Keywords: liability, software, bugs
Abstract: explination of laws governing liability of software design.

Dorothy E. Denning, To Tap or Not to Tap
Keywords: law, wiretapping
Abstract: This article presents the case for the proposed Digital Telephony legislation and responds to the above concerns. Although the Digital Telephony proposal does not address encryption, the possibility of regulating cryptography will be discussed following the section on the proposed legislation.

United States Court of Appeals, UNITED STATES of America, Appellee, v. Robert Tappan MORRIS, Defendant-Appellant.
Abstract: This article is the Court document of Morris's Internet worm case. Including all the details in this case.

Dave Grisham, University Policies on Computer Use
Abstract: This directory contains ethics policies. There are now copyright policies, and some data access policies. The sub-directory Data.Access contains these few policies.

Department of Justice, Information on Argentinian hacker named "Ardita"
Keywords: hacker, justice, law enforcement, affidavit
Abstract: Information about the affidavit for the arrest of the Argentinian hacker named "Ardita" (English = "scream"). Includes press release from Dept. of Justice and Affidavit for his arrest.

Richard G. Epstein, The Case of the Killer Robot
Abstract: The case of the killer robot consists of eight newspaper articles, one journal article, two (high class) radio talk show transcripts and one Sunday newspaper magazine interview. This scenario is intended to raise issues in computer ethics and in software engineering.

Gary S. Morris, Computer Security and the Law
Abstract: This article is meant to help bridge the gap between the technical and legal computer security communities by explaining key technical ideas behind computer security for lawyers and presenting some basic legal background for technical professionals.

Christopher Seline, Eavesdropping On the Electromagnetic Emanations of Digital Equipment: The Laws of Canada, England and the United States
Abstract: This document is a rough draft. The Legal Sections are overviews. They will be significantly expanded in the next version.

U.S Government, Crimes And Criminal Procedure
Abstract: This document defines the term of "computer crime" and gives the details on each cases.

John C. Smith, INVESTIGATING AND PROSECUTING NETWORK INTRUSIONS
Abstract: The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office Hi Tech / Computer Crime Team has had years of experience investigating and prosecuting trade secret thefts, network intrusions, chip thefts, and other types of high technology thefts in Silicon Valley. The Unit is composed of two Deputy District Attorneys and one Investigator. Network intrusions. Theft of proprietary material How to conduct your investigation and gather evidence. How to gather and safeguard the evidence necessary for prosecution. How to get the appropriate law enforcement support. How to work with law enforcement so they understand the problem. What is required for a search warrant. How a Search Warrant Raid is conducted (You may be asked to go.). What is required for a telephone trap. What is required for an arrest. What to expect from the court process. How to prepare to testify in court if necessary. How to recover damages civilly or from probation. Impact of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, Full Text of the Amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations Part II 58 FR 39280
Abstract: SUMMARY: This rule amends the regulations implementing section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act, which governs the import and export of defense articles and services. The rule clarifies existing regulations and reduces the regulatory burden on exporters of defense articles and services. Although this is a final rule public comment is welcome and will be taken into account to the extent possible.

Stephen E. Hansen, Legal Issues, A Site Manager's Nightmare
Abstract: This article focuses on the Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, analyzes the Act based on author's own experiences.

Lee E. Barrett, Patentability of Programs
Abstract: This document represents a legal analysis done by Associate Solicitor Lee E. Barrett, an attorney in the Office of the Solicitor of the Patent and Trademark Office, on the subject of the patentability of mathematical algorithms and computer programs. The analysis is published for the benefit of the public.

Unknown, Patents
Abstract: This directory contains the public hearings announcements from the Federal Register and the following papers concerning patents: barrett.paper - Lee Barrett's paper on the patentability of mathematical algorithms. The directories mpep and tmep contain the most up to date versions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures and Trademark Manual of Examining Procedures available. Certain sections of the MPEP have still not been updated; see the README in the mpep directory for further details. The directories software_hearings and exp_use_hearings contain the full text transcripts of the hearings, as well as the speaker's prepared remarks,i in several different formats. This information is also available for browsing and WAIS search in the World Wide Web at the URL http://www.uspto.gov/ The comments directory holds the collected email comments from the software patent protection hearings.

Christopher Seline, Eavesdropping On the Electromagnetic Emanations of Digital Equipment: The Laws of Canada, England and the United States
Abstract: This document explores the legal status of a surveillance technology ruefully known as TEMPEST2. Using TEMPEST technology the information in any digital device may be intercepted and reconstructed into useful intelligence without the operative ever having to come near his target. The technology is especially useful in the interception of information stored in digital computers or displayed on computer terminals.

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