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Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to Protecting Codeby Van Lindberg
Synopses & Reviews
"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:
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.
Book News Annotation:
Himself both a software engineer and practicing attorney, Lindberg offers software developers a guide to the legal system in relation to computer code that no one is trying to keep secret. He explains the US intellectual property system as a number of interlocking and inter-operating parts, among them patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and some contracts. Whenever possible, he glides over the minutiae and the Latin. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This resource, written by a programmer and intellectual property attorney, places the computer field on a firm basis for understanding, applying, and debating key concepts in copyrights.
About the Author
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; virtualization; wireless networking; high-availability systems and programming languages.
Outside of the traditional IP areas, Van is particularly interested in the Open Source licensing model. He has been involved (mostly as a user, but with occasional contributions) in the Open Source community since 1994. Van's favorite computer language is Python.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: The Economic and Legal Foundations of Intellectual PropertyChapter 2: The Patent DocumentChapter 3: The Patent SystemChapter 4: CopyrightChapter 5: TrademarksChapter 6: Trade SecretsChapter 7: Contracts and LicensesChapter 8: The Economic and Legal Foundations of Open Source SoftwareChapter 9: So I Have an Idea...Chapter 10: Choosing a LicenseChapter 11: Accepting Patches and ContributionsChapter 12: Working with the GPLChapter 13: Reverse EngineeringChapter 14: Incorporating As a Non-ProfitSample Proprietary Information Agreement (PIA)Open Source License ListFree Software License ListFedora License List and GPL CompatibilityPublic Domain DeclarationThe Simplified BSD LicenseThe Apache License, Version 2.0The Mozilla Public License, Version 1.1The GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 2.1The GNU Lesser General Public License, Version 3The GNU General Public License, Version 2, June 1991The GNU General Public License, Version 3, June 2007The Open Software License, Version 3.0Colophon
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