Open Source Licensing Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law is a great book written by Lawrence Rosen that gives a deep insight into the various open source licenses.
It has 13 chapters:
- Freedom and Open Source
- Intellectual Property
- Distribution of Software
- Taxonomy of Licenses
- Academic Licenses
- Reciprocity and the GPL
- The Mozilla Public License (MPL)
- The Common Public License (CPL)
- The OSL and the AFL
- Choosing an Open Source License
- Shared Source, Eventual Source, and Other Licensing Models
- Open Source Litigation
- Open Standards
The book was originally published by Prentice Hall in 2004 and is now available online Academic Free License version 3.0. You could consider supporting the author by purchasing a printed copy of the book.
Whether you are new to the world of Free Software and Open Source or a seasoned pro, this book is a must read. You are certain to find something new in there that you did not know.
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