Legal Issues in IT Track



Track's Context

The course is a study of every major area of law that has an impact on the IT industry.

LIIT discusses basic commercial law, jurisdictional issues and the contracting environment for online activity, intangible asset and intellectual property law, the protection of databases, privacy and publicity rights, legal issues in IT outsourcing, trademark legislation, government regulation, including restrictions, criminal law, and the prospective taxation.

Challenges, new trends and patterns of the world IT industy are creating an urgent need for professionals who can bridge the gap between the legal department and the IT department. The goal of the course is to provide basic background in the above-mentioned issues for non-lawyers for better handling the legal resources and better understanding the commercial opportunities.


# 1 Tax Issues in IT (March 05, 2013)

Starting a business involves a host of little details - some more complicated than others. One of the most complex involves how your business will be taxed.

The meeting was aimed to investigating a key element of current federal support for IT business: tax benefits. 

# 2 Intangible asset in IT business. IP protection (March 12, 2013)

The purpose of intellectual property laws are to encourage new technologies, artistic expressions and inventions while promoting economic growth. 

The meeting was devoted to investigating the main mechanisms for protecting intellectual property. There were two main parts: defining the concept and dicsussing the real examples.

# 3 Legal issues of online business activity (April 02, 2013)

Intellectual property rights are generally national in scope but the Internet has placed great emphasis on the ability to protect and enforce these rights on an international scale that also leads to particular legal issues that have been covered during the meeting: data protection, formation and validity of electronic contracts, use of domain names comprising trademarks (hence a large number of disputes), cybersquatting (disputes arise where individuals have purchased certain domain names with the intention of selling them for profit to the trademark holder of that name), measures to attempt to prevent copyright infringement online, Internet service provider liability.

# 4 Legal principles related to product development (April 09, 2013)

Product development may be understood generically as all the things that happen from the initial conception or invention of a product to the point when a product is launched into the market.

When launching a startup, legal issues often get brushed aside in order for founders to focus on building the product. But making the wrong legal decision early on in the process of starting your company may lead to thorny problems in the future.

In summary, the seminar highlighted the wide range of issues and legal disciplines that are impacted by the startup businesses founding, particularly in the high technology area.

# 5  Investment operations and commitments in IT (April 19, 2013)

When you're starting your own business it's very important to define a contract with the co-founders to prevent future problems and when your startup receive investment you need a good contract to be protected, but which clauses are the most common to use and most important to prevent problems? 

# 6 Fraudulent activities, network payment mechanisms and business opportunities in electronic commerce on the Internet (April 22, 2013) 

# 7 Ways to monetize your brand: choosing a license model (April 23, 2013)

# 8  IP protection: practicum (April 27, 2013)

# 9 Business law basics: the Internet contract (April 30, 2013)

#10 Privacy legislation. The collection and use of personal data: practicum (May 07, 2013)

#11 Access to information in RF through legal recourse (open data)  (May 15, 2013)

#12 Finnish ecosystem resources for russian technology business international growth  (May 19, 2013)


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