20 Copyright and other publishing responsibilities

20.6 Negligent misstatement

If an author makes a statement negligently (without due care) in circumstances where it is likely and reasonable that the reader will place reliance on it, in some, limited, circumstances, the reader could sue the author/publisher. It is not possible to exclude liability for death or personal injury caused by such negligence. It is for this reason that care needs to be taken when, for example, giving information about DIY or other potentially dangerous activities. A publisher will generally require the author to provide warranties in the author contract that any instructions contained in the book are accurate.

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New Hart's Rules


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