Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Code

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2008. gada 15. jūl. - 386 lappuses

"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.

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Chapter 1 The Economic and Legal Foundations of Intellectual Property
Chapter 2 The Patent Document
Chapter 3 The Patent System
Chapter 4 Copyright
Chapter 5 Trademarks
Chapter 6 Trade Secrets
Chapter 7 Contracts and Licenses
Chapter 8 The Economic and Legal Foundations of Open Source Software
Appendix B Open Source License List
Appendix C Free Software License List
Appendix D Fedora License List and GPL Compatibility
Appendix E Public Domain Declaration
Appendix F The Simplified BSD License
Appendix G The Apache License Version 20
Appendix H The Mozilla Public License Version 11
Appendix I The GNU Lesser General Public License Version 21

Chapter 9 So I Have an Idea
Chapter 10 Choosing a License
Chapter 11 Accepting Patches and Contributions
Chapter 12 Working with the GPL
Chapter 13 Reverse Engineering
Chapter 14 Incorporating As a NonProfit
Appendix A Sample Proprietary Information Agreement PIA
Appendix J The GNU Lesser General Public License Version 3
Appendix K The GNU General Public License Version 2 June 1991
Appendix L The GNU General Public License Version 3 June 2007
Appendix M The Open Software License Version 30

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