Free and Open Source Software

Author: Noam Shemtov
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199680498
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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, Mobi
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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, ePub, Docs
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This comprehensive international and comparative account reconceptualises the public domain, providing new insights into copyright and copyright law reform.

Internet Law and Practice in California

Author: Suzanne L. Weakley
Publisher: CEB
ISBN: 0762624426
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The only resource on Internet law and practice designed especially for California lawyers, this guide will help you advise your clients doing business online.

Free Software Free Society

Author: Richard Stallman
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1882114981
Format: PDF, ePub
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Essay Collection covering the point where software, law and social justice meet.

Digital Copyright

Author: Simon Stokes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1849469830
Format: PDF
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Now in its 4th edition, this book helps put digital copyright law and policy into perspective and provides practical guidance for those creating or exploiting digital content or technology.

The Cathedral the Bazaar

Author: Eric S. Raymond
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9780596553968
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Open source provides the competitive advantage in the Internet Age. According to the August Forrester Report, 56 percent of IT managers interviewed at Global 2,500 companies are already using some type of open source software in their infrastructure and another 6 percent will install it in the next two years. This revolutionary model for collaborative software development is being embraced and studied by many of the biggest players in the high-tech industry, from Sun Microsystems to IBM to Intel.The Cathedral & the Bazaar is a must for anyone who cares about the future of the computer industry or the dynamics of the information economy. Already, billions of dollars have been made and lost based on the ideas in this book. Its conclusions will be studied, debated, and implemented for years to come. According to Bob Young, "This is Eric Raymond's great contribution to the success of the open source revolution, to the adoption of Linux-based operating systems, and to the success of open source users and the companies that supply them."The interest in open source software development has grown enormously in the past year. This revised and expanded paperback edition includes new material on open source developments in 1999 and 2000. Raymond's clear and effective writing style accurately describing the benefits of open source software has been key to its success. With major vendors creating acceptance for open source within companies, independent vendors will become the open source story in 2001.

Coding Freedom

Author: E. Gabriella Coleman
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691144613
Format: PDF, ePub
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Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software--and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project--reveal about the values of contemporary liberalism? Exploring the rise and political significance of the free and open source software (F/OSS) movement in the United States and Europe, Coding Freedom details the ethics behind hackers' devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. In telling the story of the F/OSS movement, the book unfolds a broader narrative involving computing, the politics of access, and intellectual property. E. Gabriella Coleman tracks the ways in which hackers collaborate and examines passionate manifestos, hacker humor, free software project governance, and festive hacker conferences. Looking at the ways that hackers sustain their productive freedom, Coleman shows that these activists, driven by a commitment to their work, reformulate key ideals including free speech, transparency, and meritocracy, and refuse restrictive intellectual protections. Coleman demonstrates how hacking, so often marginalized or misunderstood, sheds light on the continuing relevance of liberalism in online collaboration.

Technology Innovation Law and Practice Cases and Materials

Author: Theodore Hagelin
Publisher: LexisNexis
ISBN: 0327173963
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This book is a comprehensive collection of cases, statutes, regulations and readings focused on the commercial development of new technologies, primarily by start-up and early-stage companies. It defines the technology innovation process as the set of decisions and actions by which an invention is transformed from a laboratory prototype into a commercially viable product or process; and defines the technology innovation period as the time between the point of invention (reduction to practice) and the point of market introduction. Technology Innovation Law and Practice addresses the gap in academic attention paid to the field of technology innovation. The book provides students, faculty and practitioners, both in law and other disciplines, with a single source of in-depth information on the laws that affect the technology innovation process. The book is unique in its interdisciplinary focus, in its emphasis on start-up and early-stage technology companies, and in its combination of instructional and reference materials.