Monday, March 1, 2010

[BOOK] Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Law

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:
  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
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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