Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and other Alternative License Models

A Comparative Analysis

Editors: Metzger, Axel (Ed.)

  • Brings into focus the legal issues raised by free and open source software (FOSS) licenses and other license models
  • Highlights the legal questions raised by free and open source software (FOSS) licenses
  • Shows the differences in the proofing of these licenses by courts in some jurisdictions
  • Provides reliable information from 22 jurisdictions    
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This book discusses the main legal questions raised by free and open source software (FOSS) licenses and other alternative license models, such as Creative Commons. The legal questions raised by FOSS and other alternative licenses have been the subject of an intense international debate among legal scholars and practising lawyers in the last years. Courts in different jurisdictions have confirmed that the core features of FOSS licenses are compliant with the respective applicable laws and thus enforceable in the respective jurisdictions. What is still missing so far is an in-depth comparative analysis of the legal issues raised by FOSS, Creative Commons and other alternative license on a worldwide scale. This book presents a general report on FOSS licenses and alternative license models to establish common ground and enable comparison between jurisdictions. The general report is followed by 24 national reports covering the world's most important IT-markets. General and national reports use the same structure to facilitate the comparison. The book shows that despite the differences in their origins, all FOSS projects use detailed licenses for the organisation of their communities. It also shows the differences in the proofing of these licenses by courts in some jurisdictions and the tailor-made provisions established by some legislators to solve the legal issues raised by the license model.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • General Report

    Metzger, Axel (et al.)

    Pages 3-48

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  • License Contracts, Free Software and Creative Commons – An Overview of the State of Play in Belgium

    Cassiers, Vincent (et al.)

    Pages 51-76

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  • Free Open Source Software and Creative Commons in Brazil: Mapping the Legal Framework of Alternative Intellectual Property Licenses

    Polido, Fabrício Bertini Pasquot (et al.)

    Pages 77-104

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  • Alternative Licensing Contracts in Croatian Copyright Legislation

    Gliha, Igor (et al.)

    Pages 105-127

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  • The Cypriot Law of Contract Applied to Free Software and Creative Commons: A Work in Progress

    Synodinou, Tatiana (et al.)

    Pages 129-139

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Buy this book

eBook 107,09 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-21560-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 135,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-21559-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and other Alternative License Models
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Analysis
Editors
  • Axel Metzger
Series Title
Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-21560-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-21560-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-21559-4
Series ISSN
2214-6881
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 507
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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