29 October 2008

Intellectual Property and Open Source

The Open Source movement makes software available free for people to use or even to pass on to others. This flies in the face of normal commercial practice, where people jealously guard their intellectual property rights. Traditional laws support these rights - so when new open source projects come into being, often as a result of work done collectively, it can be difficult to disentangle issues of ownership and control. Van Lindberg's new book is an amazingly thorough guide to the whole business. He explains the legal niceties without resorting to too much jargon, and supplies practical support materials in the form of sample licences and agreements. The first part of the book has eight chapters giving an introduction to intellectual property law, then the second part is six chapters offering an intellectual property handbook for developers, particularly those working in the field of ... Read more >>

1 comment:

cynthia said...

Open source software has an important role to play and offers benefits such as transparency, accessibility and building a sense of community.By using intellectual property we can get a clear look issues from a developer's point of view, including practical advice about situations.
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