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Specialized law, Software, Principles of the Law of Software Contracts


Computer Law | Contracts | Intellectual Property Law


The membership of The American Law Institute unanimously approved the “Principles of the Law of Software Contracts” in May of 2009. In this essay for a symposium in the Wake Forest Law Review, I draw on my experience as Reporter on the ALI project to add my perspective on an interesting general question: Is specialization of contract law wise and, if so, in what contexts? I certainly cannot definitively answer the question of whether in the abstract society is better off with general or specialized law, but my experience in drafting the software rules, along with Associate Reporter, Maureen O'Rourke, sheds some light.

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Published in: Wake Forest Law Review, vol. 45, no. 3 (2010).