Free and Open Source Software

Author: Noam Shemtov
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199680498
Format: PDF, ePub
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Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has become an increasingly important part of everyday products (such as Android phones) and everyday systems (such as Linux). The book will be the first comprehensive examination of the legal, commerical and policy aspects of FOSS from a European perspective.

Free and Open Source Software FOSS and other Alternative License Models

Author: Axel Metzger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319215604
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book discusses the main legal questions raised by free and open source software (FOSS) licenses and other alternative license models, such as Creative Commons. The legal questions raised by FOSS and other alternative licenses have been the subject of an intense international debate among legal scholars and practising lawyers in the last years. Courts in different jurisdictions have confirmed that the core features of FOSS licenses are compliant with the respective applicable laws and thus enforceable in the respective jurisdictions. What is still missing so far is an in-depth comparative analysis of the legal issues raised by FOSS, Creative Commons and other alternative license on a worldwide scale. This book presents a general report on FOSS licenses and alternative license models to establish common ground and enable comparison between jurisdictions. The general report is followed by 24 national reports covering the world's most important IT-markets. General and national reports use the same structure to facilitate the comparison. The book shows that despite the differences in their origins, all FOSS projects use detailed licenses for the organisation of their communities. It also shows the differences in the proofing of these licenses by courts in some jurisdictions and the tailor-made provisions established by some legislators to solve the legal issues raised by the license model.

Public Rights

Author: Graham Greenleaf
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107134064
Format: PDF
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This comprehensive international and comparative account reconceptualises the public domain, providing new insights into copyright and copyright law reform.

Beyond the Code

Author: Noam Shemtov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198716796
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Although the law of infringement is relatively straightforward on the copying of literal and textual elements of software, it is the copying of non-literal and functional elements that poses complex and topical questions in the context of intellectual property (IP) protection. In many cases, it is these non-literal and functional elements that contain the real value of a software product. This book concerns the copying of non-literal and functional elements of software in both the United States (US) and European Union (EU), using a holistic approach to address the most topical questions facing experts concerned with legal protection of software products across a range of technological platforms. The book focuses on four distinct but interrelated areas: contract, copyright, trade secrets, and trade-dress; as well as dealing more briefly with patent law, designs, and competition law, discussing these areas separately and in relation to one another. The book discusses software as a multi-layered functional product, setting the scene for other legal discussions by highlighting software's unique characteristics. It examines models for the provision of software, addressing licensing patterns and overall enforceability, as well as the statutory and judicial tools for regulating the use of such licences. It further assesses the protection of non-literal and functional software elements under EU and US copyright law, focusing on internal architecture and behavioural elements. The application of trade secrets law to software is examined under traditional, online, and cloud models. Finally, it examines the application of trade dress protection to software's 'look and feel', particularly relating to the highly topical area of cloud environments. Protecting Software offers a unique outlook on contemporary issues concerning the legal protection of computer software.

Emerging free and open source software practices

Author: Sulayman K. Sowe
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 9781599042107
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Project infrastructure and software repositories are now widely available at low cost with easy extraction, providing a foundational base to conduct detailed cyber-archeology at a scale not open to researchers before. Emerging Free and Open Source Software Practices provides a collection of empirical research acting as a focal point to the status of these repositories and infrastructures along with the F/OSS project.Emerging Free and Open Source Software Practices presents a framework and state-of-the-art references on F/OSS projects, reporting on past and on-going case studies of projects covering a wide range of F/OSS applications and domains. This book postulates trends in the evolution of software practices and solutions to the challenges ubiquitous nature free and open source software provides.

The Success of Open Source

Author: Steve WEBER
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674012929
Format: PDF
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Argues that while the success of open source code has generated many sophisticated developments in computer technology and subverted many assumptions of economic principles, its use is guided by standards and sanctioning mechanisms.

Innovation Technology and Knowledge

Author: Charlie Karlsson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136619518
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In the last four decades the developed economies have developed into veritable knowledge economies at the same time as more and more economies have entered the road to economic development. Typical for the developments during this time has been substantially increased investments in research and development (R&D) to generate new knowledge and new technologies and increased investments in diffusing existing knowledge by means of education and thereby raising the volume of human capital. However, many member states and regions within the EU are struggling with their economic development. This book explores the uneven patterns of development within the EU, discusses the relative effect of investments on innovation and productivity growth and looks at the mechanisms involved in economic development and policy.