For computer-related litigation in the 1980s and early 1990s, the types of claims were relatively obvious: breach of contract, copyright and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, fraud and misrepresentation, breach of implied warranty, and product liability, to name a few.

While these claims continue in routine cases, changing technology has created entirely new classes of claims. In the last nine months, computer-related cases have included claims of conversion and trespass to property, copyrightability of shareware, and the tort of inducing a breach of contract.

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