Index by Subject
- Intellectual Property and Open Source
- Van Lindberg
This covers everything from patents and copyrights to reverse engineering and employee agreements. It carefully explains everything you would want to
know about open source licensing, including well done contrasts of the
various strengths and weaknesses of popular licenses.
The author is both a lawyer and a programmer. His explanations of legal
issues are often couched in programming terms; in fact he goes so far as to describe law as being very similar to a programming language. This makes the
book very readable and quite enjoyable for anyone with a programming background.
I particularly enjoyed the detailed dissection of a typical patent (the
Amazon "1-Click" patent), the contrasts of various licensing choices,
and the section on reverse engineering. The warnings about employee contracts
weren't of interest to me because I am self employed, but surely
are good advice for most folks who may be dabbling in some side dream
while toiling away in a cubilcle somewhere.
This is well written, clear, and very complete. Highly recommended.
Tony Lawrence 2008-09-01 Rating: