Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing.pdf ~ Free Programming eBooks

Sep 24, 2007

Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing.pdf

This book will show you the licenses, explain how they can be used, and give you the information needed to make informed decisions. Knowing the details, the factual ones and not the FUD, will make you the 'go to' person when these type of questions arise.

--Brian Turner, Free Software Magazine

Oreilly presents this ebook in pdf format and separated each chapter, below is the table of content:

  • License/Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Open Source Licensing, Contract, and Copyright Law
  • Chapter 2: The MIT, BSD, Apache, and Academic Free Licenses
  • Chapter 3: The GPL, LGPL, and Mozilla Licenses
  • Chapter 4: Qt, Artistic, and Creative Commons Licenses
  • Chapter 5: Non-Open Source Licenses
  • Chapter 6: Legal Impacts of Open Source and Free Software Licensing
  • Chapter 7: Software Development Using Open Source and Free Software Licenses

Licensing is a major part of what open source and free software are all about, but it's still one of the most complicated areas of law. Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing explains your licensing options, how they compare and interoperate, and how license choices affect project possibilities. If you're an open source/free software developer, this book is an absolute necessity.

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