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Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law

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ISBN13: 9780131487871
ISBN: 0131487876
Published: January 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education Ltd
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.99



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""I have studied Rosen's book in detail and am impressed with its scope and content. I strongly recommend it to anybody interested in the current controversies surrounding open source licensing."" - John Terpstra, Samba.org; cofounder, Samba-Team ""Linux and open source software have forever altered the computing landscape. The important conversations no longer revolve around the technology but rather the business and legal issues. Rosen's book is must reading for anyone using or providing open source solutions."" - Stuart F. Cohen, CEO, Open Source Development Labs A complete guide to the law of open source for developers, managers, and lawyers Now that open source software is blossoming around the world, it is crucial to understand how open source licenses work - and their solid legal foundations. Open Source Initiative general counsel Lawrence Rosen presents a plain-English guide to open source law for developers, managers, users, and lawyers. Rosen clearly explains the intellectual property laws that support open source licensing, carefully reviews today's leading licenses, and helps you make the best choices for your project or organization. Coverage includes: Explanation of why t

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
Preamble.
1. Freedom and Open Source.
2. Intellectual Property.
3. Distribution of Software.
4. Taxonomy of Licenses.
5. Academic Licenses.
6. Reciprocity and the GPL.
7. The Mozilla Public License (MPL).
8. The Common Public License (CPL).
9. The OSL and the AFL.
10. Choosing an Open Source License.
11. Shared Source, Eventual Source and Other Licensing Models.
12. Open Source Litigation.
13. Open Standards.
14. The Open Source Paradigm. Appendices. References. Index.