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Intellectual Property and Open Source A Practical Guide to Protecting Code

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ISBN-10: 0596517963

ISBN-13: 9780596517960

Edition: 2008

Authors: Van Lindberg

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 386
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

The title that best describes Van Lindberg's job is "translator" - translating from "lawyer" to "engineer" and back. He enjoys working with both computer code and legal code to get things done. As an attorney, Van helps people build businesses around ideas. His experience allows him to analyze and evaluate intellectual property in a sale, license or litigation context. Van also participates in the Open Source community. He helps businesses work with and develop Open Source software and helps developers navigate the legal system to achieve project goals. He has direct experience in digital circuit design; operating system design; application programming; networked and distributed systems;…    

The Economic and Legal Foundations of Intellectual Property
The Patent Document
The Patent System
Trade Secrets
Contracts and Licenses
The Economic and Legal Foundations of Open Source Software
So I Have an Idea
Choosing a License
Accepting Patches and Contributions
Working With the GPL
Reverse Engineering
Incorporating as a Non7profit
Sample Proprietary Information Agreement (PIA)
Open Source License List
Free Software License List
Fedora License List and GPL Compatibility
Public Domain Declaration
The Simplified BSD License
The Apache License, Version 2.0
The Mozilla Public License, Version 1.1
The GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 2.1
The GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 3
The GNU General Public License, Version 2, June 1991
The GNU General Public License, Version 3, June 2007
The Open Software License, Version 3.0