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Open Source Licensing - Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law

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EBook Description: 'Open Source' implies a unique way of developing and licensing software.Raymond's Cathedral and the Bazaar explained the unique character of theOpen Source development model. Rosen's Open Source Licensing explainsthe unique character of the Open Source licensing model.SCO, with financial support from Microsoft, is engaged in a much-publicizedassault on Linux, and more generally, on the licensing model upon which allOpen Source software rests. In a recent filing in its case against IBM, SCOwrote: 'The GPL violates the U.S. Constitution, together with copyright,antitrust and export control laws.'And the implications are clear: at risk are not only the developers working onthe 68,000 Open Source projects active on SourceForge today, but also themillions of companies, schools, and organizations that deploy Open Sourcesoftware.All of this has generated a great deal of interest in the nature of Open Sourcelicenses, and the intellectual property law that underlies them. What, exactly, are the legal underpinnings of Open Source? Of the 40+ Open Source licenses, which are the most important, and why? How does a developer choose which to use? What are the risks--and obligations--to a business that deploys OpenSource. What can you a business do in the event of a lawsuit?Cover quotes from Lessig, John Terpstra of, and Stuart Cohen--theCEO of OSDL.

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