SBLUG Logo Thursday 15th November 2007 - Richard Nicholas (IT lawyer)

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Richard Nicholas, IT lawyer in Browne Jacobson's Birmingham office, has been advising businesses on IT contracts for the last eight years. Richard acts for customers, suppliers and developers of software and advises on a wide range of IT and commercial matters including the development, licensing, distribution and procurement of software, data protection, outsourcing and e-commerce. Richard's clients include FTSE 100 companies, government bodies and small to medium sized software companies.

Richard spends some of his time advising companies on websites and the legal issues surrounding the use of those websites - in particular when trading online. He'll be looking at how businesses can use a website for marketing and sales without being sued.

Recognising that this may not be of interest to all PHP users he will also be covering intellectual property rights and opensource software and in particular issues to look out for when using opensource software when providing services to others.

He will be using a real (anonymised) case study of a contract provided to an open-source web designer by a large corporate body to highlight legal pitfalls for the unwary software developer.