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"Entity" and "Autonomy" : The Conclusion of Contracts by Software Agents in the Eyes of the Law. A software agent definition-based analysis

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Balke, Tina:
"Entity" and "Autonomy" : The Conclusion of Contracts by Software Agents in the Eyes of the Law. A software agent definition-based analysis.
In: Revue d'Intelligence Artificielle. Vol. 24 (2010) Issue 3 . - pp. 391-413.
ISSN 0992-499X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3166/ria.24.391-413

Abstract in another language

Faced with the ongoing evolution of software agents from mere passive tools to etailers acting autonomously for their human owners (principals), new legal challenges appear on the agenda. One of them is the question, how contracts concluded by software agents should be treated legally. Based on the characteristics of software agents identified from the definition of the term, this paper examines whether and how the conclusion of contracts by software agents is compatible with current legislation or poses problems that need to be addressed in the future. Thereby special focus will be on the autonomy property, as this one is highly disputed in legal terms.

Abstract in another language

Avec le développement continu d'agents logiciels, qui de simples programmes d'assistance passive ont évolué pour devenir des programmes électroniques agissant de manière autonome, des problèmes et défis juridiques nouveaux sont apparus. Dans ce contexte, la question se pose de savoir comment les contrats conclus par ces agents logiciels doivent être traités légalement. Se basant sur les caractéristiques des agents logiciels selon la définition du terme, cet article examine si et dans quelle mesure, les contrats conclus par ces agents sont compatibles avec la législation actuelle. Dans cet article, l'accent sera mis particulièrement sur la propriété d'autonomie des agents logiciels, ceux-ci étant extrêmement contestés en termes légaux.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: Band 24, Heft 3 (2010) = Special issue "Droits et devoirs d'agents autonomes"
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration VII > Chair Business Administration VII - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Torsten Eymann
Faculties
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Forschungszentrum für Modellbildung und Simulation (MODUS)
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works
000 Computer Science, information, general works > 000 Generalities, Science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 10:01
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 11:19
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/876