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Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

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ISBN-10: 0596005814

ISBN-13: 9780596005818

Edition: 2004 (Annotated)

Authors: Andrew M. St. Laurent

List price: $34.99
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If you've held back from developing open source or free software projects because you don't understand the implications of the various licenses, you're not alone. Many developers believe in releasing their software freely, but have hesitated to do so because they're concerned about losing control over their software. Licensing issues are complicated, and both the facts and fallacies you hear word-of-mouth can add to the confusion. "Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing helps you make sense of the different options available to you. This concise guide focuses on annotated licenses, offering an in-depth explanation of how they compare and interoperate, and how license…    
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface
Open Source Licensing, Contract, and Copyright Law
Basic Principles of Copyright Law
Contract and Copyright
Open Source Software Licensing
Issues with Copyrights and Patents
The Open Source Definition
Warranties
The MIT, BSD, Apache, and Academic Free Licenses
The MIT (or X) License
The BSD License
The Apache License, v1.1 and v2.0
The Academic Free License
Application and Philosophy
The GPL, LGPL, and Mozilla Licenses
GNU General Public License
GNU Lesser General Public License
The Mozilla Public License 1.1 (MPL 1.1)
Application and Philosophy
Qt, Artistic, and Creative Commons Licenses
The Q Public License
Artistic License (Perl)
Creative Commons Licenses
Non-Open Source Licenses
Classic Proprietary License
Sun Community Source License
Microsoft Shared Source Initiative
Legal Impacts of Open Source and Free Software Licensing
Entering Contrcts
Statutory Developments Related to Software Contracts
The Self-Enforcing Nature of Open Source and Free Software Licenses
The Global Scope of Open Source and Free Software Licensing
The "Negative Effects" of Open Source and Free Software Licensing
Community Enforcement of Open Source and Free Software Licenses
Compatible and Incompatible Licensing: Multiple and Cross Licensing
Software Development Using Open Source and Free Software Licenses
Models of Open Source and Free Software Development
Forking
Choosing an Open Source or Free Software License
Drafting Open Source Licenses
Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs License
Index