Walden provides a comprehensive explanation of the various key terms and approaches in legal aspects of cyber crime. He classifies crime using the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime categorisation, which divides crime into three areas: computer-related crime (the computer is the instrument for the crime, such as hacking), content-related crime (e.g. copyright infringement and child pornography), and computer-integrity offences (e.g. viruses).
|Cat caught in the act|
Amelia on a MacBook Pro, Brownpau
Walden devotes a section to intellectual property crimes, namely infringement of copyright [Merpel notes that trade secrets, ever the poor relation of IP, are in a separate section.] He notes that the Convention on Cybercrime only addresses copyright and related rights infringement, not other IP, details the various cases and statutes, and notes a trend for rightsholders to seek redress via communication services providers (e.g. ISPs.)
|Does the evidence add up?|
John Thaw by Bill Strin
I found Walden's clear approach to categorising aspects of each topic helpful. The appendix includes nearly 75 pages of legal texts, including the Association of Chief Policy Officers Good Practice Guide for Digital Evidence. The comprehensiveness of the book makes it both a good reference, and an interesting analysis; it will appeal to legal scholars and professionals, and the odd Inspector Morse fan (not a tautology.)
Walden, Ian. Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780198705598 Available for £95 in hardback. Rupture factor: High, a hardback with nearly 560 pages.