This unique and comprehensive resource provides you with a broad introduction to the area of software licensing in the information age. The book helps you to understand the basic philosophy and key issues of open source software development and offers expert guidance on how to draft an open source license. Drawing on the author’s legal and technical background, this invaluable reference explains the legal framework that has been developed to support the increasingly popular internet-based open source and free software community.
Source Software Law and Policy explores
the formal and legal aspects of two revolutionary views of software development
and distribution: that software should be offered to users with open access to
the source code and that end-users should be freely able to modify, copy or
redistribute the software they have legally acquired. Moreover, the book
examines an innovative legal response to the conflict between copyright law and
digital technology, and includes an analysis of the legal regime that an
increasing number of software developers have come to prefer when developing
and distributing software online.
CD-ROM Included! This convenient, fully searchable disc provides
instant access to helpful license templates and important sections of laws.
Preface - Conventions Used in
This Book. Acknowledgements.
Open Source Software - Software
Patents. The Goals of Open Source. The Open Source Definition (OSD).
Free Software and the GNU
GPL - Licensing to Meet Philosophical Objections. Copyright and Copyleft. Code
Forking. What is Free Software? What is Free About Open Source and Free
Software? The GPL. The GNU Lesser GPL.
Drafting Open Source
Licenses - The BSD License. Restricting Commercial Uses. The Aladdin Free Public
License (AFPL). The Artistic License. Commercial Uses.
About Protecting Property.
Formation - Electronic Transactions. E-SIGN. UETA. UCITA. Warranties and "AS
IS" Licensing. Limitations on Liability. Choice of Law Provisions.
Commercial Models and Open
Source - Open Commercial Uses. The Open Software License (OSL). Documentation
Rolling Your Own Open Source
License - Selecting a License Template. The Potential Size of The Open Source
Appendix - Significant
Provisions of UCITA. Selected Provisions From UETA (1999). Selected Provisions
of E-SIGN. GNU General Public License. GNU Lesser General Public License. Sun
Community Source License, Version 3.0 (the SCSL). Open IP Core Hardware General
Public License (OHGPL). IBM Public License, Version 1.0. Common Public License,
Version 0.5. The BSD License. X Consortium License. Artistic License. Mozilla
Public License, Version 1.0. The Q Public License, Version 1.0. The Apple
Public Source License, Version 1.2 (the APSL). The python Copyright License.
The Jabber Open Source License, Version 1.0. Amulet, Version 3.0 (CMU). Red Hat
eCos Public License, Version 1.1. Eiffel Forum License, Version 1. License
Agreement for Mozart, an Implementation of Oz 3. Lucent Technologies Inc. Plan
9 Open Source License Agreement. The LaTeX Project Public License (the LPPL).
The Open Software License (the OPL). The GNU Free Documentation License (the
GFDL). Fundamentals of Copyright Law: Copyright Infringement for Software, the
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the DMCA Takes Aim at Hackers
Promoting Open Source.
is senior attorney-advisor, U.S. Department of Education and visiting assistant
professor of law, Rutgers University Law School (at Camden). He holds an LL.M.
from the Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from George Washington
University Law School, and a M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.