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Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

  • Andrew M. St. Laurent
  • O'Reilly
  • 0596005814

I honestly didn't think I'd find this as interesting as I did. As important as licenses are, an annotated listing of them didn't sound like anything I wanted to flop back on the couch with. However, the author has managed to make this both interesting and educational.

It covers all the common open source licenses, explaining what each section means, and digging into problems that might come up for the licensor or licensee. Open Source isn't all that it covers: standard shrink-wrap licenses are examined, as is Sun's Community Source License and Microsoft's "Shared Source Initiative".

Finally, the book itself is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs license. It is interesting that O'Reilly is willing to publish works like this, but I'm glad they are.

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Tony Lawrence 2004/10/01 Rating: 4.5

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© Tony Lawrence

Fri Oct 15 23:45:59 2004: 5554   Drag


---October 15, 2004

O'Reilly's has always been a huge supporter of Free and Open Source software. It's big business for them. ;) If it wasn't for O'Reilly's books and documentation the use of Unix and FOSS would be much diminished; lots less people would know how to run them!

This isn't the first book they publish like this.
If you weren't already aware of this check out:

They have several free books. Some very good, including "Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing".

Of course nothing beats having a good book in your hands!


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