Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing Author Andrew Laurent
ISBN-10 9780596005818
Year 2004
Pages 193
Language en
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
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Describes the legal implications of open source and free software licensing and provides an explanation of what an open source software license actually is, and how to draft one for personal use.

Intellectual Property and Open Source

Intellectual Property and Open Source Author Van Lindberg
ISBN-10 1449391109
Year 2008-07-15
Pages 386
Language en
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
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"Clear, correct, and deep, this is a welcome addition to discussions of law and computing for anyone -- even lawyers!"-- Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and founder of the Stanford Center for Internet and Society If you work in information technology, intellectual property is central to your job -- but dealing with the complexities of the legal system can be mind-boggling. This book is for anyone who wants to understand how the legal system deals with intellectual property rights for code and other content. You'll get a clear look at intellectual property issues from a developer's point of view, including practical advice about situations you're likely to encounter. Written by an intellectual property attorney who is also a programmer, Intellectual Property and Open Source helps you understand patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and licenses, with special focus on the issues surrounding open source development and the GPL. This book answers questions such as: How do open source and intellectual property work together? What are the most important intellectual property-related issues when starting a business or open source project? How should you handle copyright, licensing and other issues when accepting a patch from another developer? How can you pursue your own ideas while working for someone else? What parts of a patent should be reviewed to see if it applies to your work? When is your idea a trade secret? How can you reverse engineer a product without getting into trouble? What should you think about when choosing an open source license for your project? Most legal sources are too scattered, too arcane, and too hard to read. Intellectual Property and Open Source is a friendly, easy-to-follow overview of the law that programmers, system administrators, graphic designers, and many others will find essential.

Open Source for Business

Open  Source  for Business Author Heather Meeker
ISBN-10 1511617772
Year 2015-04-06
Pages 344
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace
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Heather Meeker's Open Source for Business is a practical, readable guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the author's twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this guide explains the legal and technical principles behind open source licensing so you can make the right decisions for your business. It offers tips on using open source, contributing to open source projects, and releasing your own open source software. You'll also find quick-reference tables on the major open source licenses, plus forms and checklists you can use to promote compliance. In this book, you will learn . . .* Why open source is not a "virus"* What the GPL is and how to handle it* When and how to conduct open source audits* What a user-friendly open source policy looks like* How to avoid and respond to open source enforcement claims* How to use open source to fight patent infringement claims* How to manage trademarks for open source products

The Open Source Alternative

The Open Source Alternative Author Heather J. Meeker
ISBN-10 0470255811
Year 2008-05-02
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
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This book is a user manual for understanding and deployment of open source software licensing in business. Written for lawyers and businesspeople alike, it explains and analyzes open source licensing issues, and gives practical suggestions on how to deal with open source licensing in a business context. Including useful forms, information, and both technical and licensing background, this book will help you avoid legal pitfalls and edcuate your organization about the risks of open source.

Open Source Licensing

Open Source Licensing Author Lawrence E. Rosen
ISBN-10 0131487876
Year 2005
Pages 396
Language en
Publisher Prentice Hall
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Covers the legal implications of open source and free software licensing and the intellectual property laws that support open source licensing.

Producing Open Source Software

Producing Open Source Software Author Karl Fogel
ISBN-10 0596552998
Year 2005-10-07
Pages 304
Language en
Publisher "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
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The corporate market is now embracing free, "open source" software like never before, as evidenced by the recent success of the technologies underlying LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Each is the result of a publicly collaborative process among numerous developers who volunteer their time and energy to create better software. The truth is, however, that the overwhelming majority of free software projects fail. To help you beat the odds, O'Reilly has put together Producing Open Source Software, a guide that recommends tried and true steps to help free software developers work together toward a common goal. Not just for developers who are considering starting their own free software project, this book will also help those who want to participate in the process at any level. The book tackles this very complex topic by distilling it down into easily understandable parts. Starting with the basics of project management, it details specific tools used in free software projects, including version control, IRC, bug tracking, and Wikis. Author Karl Fogel, known for his work on CVS and Subversion, offers practical advice on how to set up and use a range of tools in combination with open mailing lists and archives. He also provides several chapters on the essentials of recruiting and motivating developers, as well as how to gain much-needed publicity for your project. While managing a team of enthusiastic developers -- most of whom you've never even met -- can be challenging, it can also be fun. Producing Open Source Software takes this into account, too, as it speaks of the sheer pleasure to be had from working with a motivated team of free software developers.

A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors

A Practical Guide to Software Licensing for Licensees and Licensors Author H. Ward Classen
ISBN-10 1590318498
Year 2007
Pages 651
Language en
Publisher American Bar Association
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This new Second Edition updates its first edition published in 2005 by examining the fundamental issues that both licensors and licensees confront in the negotiation of a software license. This resource is accompanied by and cross-referenced to an annotated software license. A detailed index and companion CD-ROM is also included for customization of the software license and related forms.

Free and Open Source Software

Free and Open Source Software Author Noam Shemtov
ISBN-10 0199680493
Year 2013-11
Pages 528
Language en
Publisher OUP Oxford
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Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has become an increasingly important part of everyday products (such as Android phones) and everyday systems (such as Linux). The book will be the first comprehensive examination of the legal, commerical and policy aspects of FOSS from a European perspective.

Open Source Security Tools

Open Source Security Tools Author Tony Howlett
ISBN-10 UOM:39015059310576
Year 2005
Pages 578
Language en
Publisher Prentice Hall PTR
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An introduction to Open source security tools covers such topics as installing an open source firewall, using sniffers and network-intrusion systems, scanning ports, and encrypting communications.

Navigating Social Media Legal Risks

Navigating Social Media Legal Risks Author Robert McHale
ISBN-10 9780133033649
Year 2012-05-01
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Que Publishing
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The plain-English business guide to avoiding social media legal risks and liabilities—for anyone using social media for business—written specifically for non-attorneys! You already know social media can help you find customers, strengthen relationships, and build your reputation, but if you are not careful, it also can expose your company to expensive legal issues and regulatory scrutiny. This insightful, first-of-its-kind book provides business professionals with strategies for navigating the unique legal risks arising from social, mobile, and online media. Distilling his knowledge into a 100% practical guide specifically for non-lawyers, author and seasoned business attorney, Robert McHale, steps out of the courtroom to review today’s U.S. laws related to social media and alert businesses to the common (and sometimes hidden) pitfalls to avoid. Best of all, McHale offers practical, actionable solutions, preventative measures, and valuable tips on shielding your business from social media legal exposures associated with employment screening, promotions, endorsements, user-generated content, trademarks, copyrights, privacy, security, defamation, and more... You’ll Learn How To • Craft legally compliant social media promotions, contests, sweepstakes, and advertising campaigns • Write effective social media policies and implement best practices for governance • Ensure the security of sensitive company and customer information • Properly monitor and regulate the way your employees use social media • Avoid high-profile social media mishaps that can instantly damage reputation, brand equity, and goodwill, and create massive potential liability • Avoid unintentional employment and labor law violations in the use of social media in pre-employment screening • Manage legal issues associated with game-based marketing, “virtual currencies,” and hyper-targeting • Manage the legal risks of user-generated content (UGC) • Protect your trademarks online, and overcome brandjacking and cybersquatting • Understand the e-discovery implications of social media in lawsuits

Embedded Linux Primer

Embedded Linux Primer Author Christopher Hallinan
ISBN-10 0137061102
Year 2010-10-26
Pages 576
Language en
Publisher Pearson Education
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Up-to-the-Minute, Complete Guidance for Developing Embedded Solutions with Linux Linux has emerged as today’s #1 operating system for embedded products. Christopher Hallinan’s Embedded Linux Primer has proven itself as the definitive real-world guide to building efficient, high-value, embedded systems with Linux. Now, Hallinan has thoroughly updated this highly praised book for the newest Linux kernels, capabilities, tools, and hardware support, including advanced multicore processors. Drawing on more than a decade of embedded Linux experience, Hallinan helps you rapidly climb the learning curve, whether you’re moving from legacy environments or you’re new to embedded programming. Hallinan addresses today’s most important development challenges and demonstrates how to solve the problems you’re most likely to encounter. You’ll learn how to build a modern, efficient embedded Linux development environment, and then utilize it as productively as possible. Hallinan offers up-to-date guidance on everything from kernel configuration and initialization to bootloaders, device drivers to file systems, and BusyBox utilities to real-time configuration and system analysis. This edition adds entirely new chapters on UDEV, USB, and open source build systems. Tour the typical embedded system and development environment and understand its concepts and components. Understand the Linux kernel and userspace initialization processes. Preview bootloaders, with specific emphasis on U-Boot. Configure the Memory Technology Devices (MTD) subsystem to interface with flash (and other) memory devices. Make the most of BusyBox and latest open source development tools. Learn from expanded and updated coverage of kernel debugging. Build and analyze real-time systems with Linux. Learn to configure device files and driver loading with UDEV. Walk through detailed coverage of the USB subsystem. Introduces the latest open source embedded Linux build systems. Reference appendices include U-Boot and BusyBox commands.

Open Source Architecture

Open Source Architecture Author Carlo Ratti
ISBN-10 0500343063
Year 2015-04-20
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher
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This provocative book argues that it is high time the practice of architecture moved away from the ego-fuelled grand visions of starchitects to a networked, collaborative, inclusive model inspired by 21st-century trends such as crowd-sourcing, open access and mass customization. But how can collaborative design avoid becoming design-by-committee? Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel deftly navigate this and other vital questions, considering along the way the applications of open-source architecture not only conceptually, but also in practice. Open Source Architecture is a rallying cry to students and open-minded professionals seeking new perspectives on a profession that the authors passionately believe to be moribund.

A Manager s Guide to IT Law

A Manager s Guide to IT Law Author Jeremy Holt
ISBN-10 9781906124755
Year 2011
Pages 205
Language en
Publisher BCS, The Chartered Institute
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This comprehensive guide for management professionals discusses the IT-related legal issues faced by businesses on a daily basis. Legal concepts and terminology are notoriously difficult for non-specialists, especially in the fast-moving field of IT. This book explains, in plain English, the most relevant legal frameworks, with examples from actual case law used to illustrate the kinds of problems and disputes that most commonly arise. Contents include IT Contracts; Systems Procurement Contracts; Avoiding Employment Problems; Instructing an IT Consultant; Intellectual Property Law for Computer Users; Cloud Computing; Outsourcing; Source Code Escrow; Data Protection; Doing Business Online; Setting Up Joint Ventures; Freedom of Information; WEEE Regulations; Resolving Disputes.

The Open Source Everything Manifesto

The Open Source Everything Manifesto Author Robert David Steele
ISBN-10 9781583944578
Year 2012-06-05
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher North Atlantic Books
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What the world lacks right now—especially the United States, where every form of organization from government to banks to labor unions has betrayed the public trust—is integrity. Also lacking is public intelligence in the sense of decision-support: knowing what one needs to know in order to make honest decisions for the good of all, rather than corrupt decisions for the good of the few. The Open-Source Everything Manifesto is a distillation of author, strategist, analyst, and reformer Robert David Steele life's work: the transition from top-down secret command and control to a world of bottom-up, consensual, collective decision-making as a means to solve the major crises facing our world today. The book is intended to be a catalyst for citizen dialog and deliberation, and for inspiring the continued evolution of a nation in which all citizens realize our shared aspiration of direct democracy—informed participatory democracy. Open-Source Everything is a cultural and philosophical concept that is essential to creating a prosperous world at peace, a world that works for one hundred percent of humanity. The future of intelligence is not secret, not federal, and not expensive. It is about transparency, truth, and trust among our local to global collective. Only "open" is scalable. As we strive to recover from the closed world corruption and secrecy that has enabled massive fraud within governments, banks, corporations, and even non-profits and universities, this timely book is a manifesto for liberation—not just open technology, but open everything.