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GNU Lesser General Public License Version 3

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First Publication Date: 25th March 2008 Introduction The Lesser General Public License("LGPL") is a license used by the Free Software Foundation for software libraries. The license governs all open source software libraries of Free Software Foundation and many others who choose to use it. LGPL defines terms and conditions for copying, modification and distribution of software libraries. Version 3 of LGPL incorporates all provisions of the General Public License ("GPL") and lays down certain additional permissions for software libraries. Rights A software library governed by version 3 of LGPL is also governed by GPL. Under GPL, a person gets the right to copy, run...

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Mozilla Public License Version 1.1

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First Publication Date: 10th February 2008 The Mozilla Public License (MPL), is a license developed by Netscape Communications. Most of its provisions are same as the Netscape Public License. The license is considered to be a middle ground between the General Public and BSD licenses. Rights granted under the license Any software distributed under MPL grants both copyrights and patent rights to the recipient. The license grants the following copyrights over the software: Right to use; Right to reproduce; Right to modify; Right to display; Right to perform; Right to sublicense; and the Right to distribute.The license also grants the following patent rights over the software: Right to make; Right to use; Right...

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The GNU General Public License

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First Publication Date: 4th February 2008 The GNU General Public License ("GPL") is one of the most popular open source licenses. All software released by the Free Software Foundation and many other authors, are governed by this license. GPL provides the freedom to share and modify software under certain conditions. Copy, Run and Distribute GPL allows a person to copy, run and distribute the software governed by it. A person is allowed to distribute verbatim copies of the software, commercially or non-commercially, under the following conditions: Source code is made available in any medium; A copy of GPL accompanies the software; A copyright...

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OSS SERIES – A PRIMER ON OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE – Introduction to Copyright Law

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First Publication Date: 7th January 2008 The Copyright law protects ideas expressed on a tangible form. Ideas by themselves do not get any protection; only the expression of the idea is protected under the copyright law. To get protection an idea should be expressed as literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, cinematographic or photographic work or a sound recording. Such an expression should be on a tangible form such as a paper, canvas, tape and so on. Expression in an electronic form is also considered to be a tangible form of expression. Software is protected under the copyright law as a literary work. A...

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Software Escrow, licenses and contracts

We are happy to bring to you a guest post on Software escrow and licenses written by Jorge Sagastume, Vice President, EscrowTech International, Inc. In early 2013 Paul Golland, CIO of north-easy Long borough of Waltham Forest faced a horrible crisis.  He was told by their sole cloud provider that they were closing shop and he had 24 to 48 hours to get their business’ data systems working elsewhere. This type of disaster is not uncommon and it is a software escrow’s aim to prevent or at a minimum help minizine damage from such disasters. A software escrow is a contract between a...

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Copyrights: Google's use of Java APIs in Android – fair use?

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The District Court of the Northern District of California held last week that Google's use of 37 Java APIs of Oracle does not give rise to copyright infringement liability because it is fair use. On remand from the Federal Circuit, in a Jury trial, Google's use of Java APIs and around eleven thousand lines of code was held to be fair use as it is meant to promote inter-operability and compatibility between programs. You may read our earlier post for a short history of this case here. On receiving news of the victory, Google stated that the judgment supports the...

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Is use of Java APIs by Google Fair Use?

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In 2010, Oracle sued Google for copying 37 Java packages, 8 specialized Java security packages, and a routine called “rangeCheck" in its Android operating system. Oracle claimed in the suit that Google is liable for infringing two of its patents in the software and that Google is also liable for copyright infringement for literally copying the code. The suit was filed in a California District Court. Oracle claimed damages to the tune of nine billion dollars in the suit. After a jury trial, the District Court held that Google was not liable for infringing Oracle's patents. However, on the copyright count, the...

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One IP issue out of OSS Community's way – SCO Vs. IBM Litigation Ends

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One of the first IP litigations to hit the open source community was the suit filed by SCO against IBM in 2003. In the suit, SCO alleged IBM of breach of contract, copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation, among others. It alleged that IBM's insertion of portions of UNIX, owned by SCO, into LINUX, amounts to liability on various counts including copyright infringement. SCO initially claimed damages to the tune of one billion dollars, which was later increased to three and five billion dollars. IBM was not the only company SCO sued. It also went after Novell, Autozone and DaimlerChrysler. Novell...

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IIMB’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Initiative: Bringing college to you!

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Indian Institute of Management (IIMB) has become the first business school in India to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through their program called ‘IIMBx’. The program desires to provide quality education free of cost. The courses have been carefully designed to cater to a divergent group of learners, who can utilize these courses to hone their managerial skills. This is good news, considering the plight of students who face fierce competition every year trying to get a seat in a tier-one college. There is no shortage of people who want to learn. However, only a chosen few realize their dream...

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Apple’s Swift will be Open Source: Which License?

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It has been reported that Apple's new programming language Swift, which is now in its second version will be made available as open source software under a permissive license. However, the specific license under which it will be made available as open source has not been specified. Some bloggers are of the opinion that it would most probably be available under Apache or another BSD style license. Over the last five years, flexible licenses have taken over the viral GPL type licenses, and it is today estimated that more than sixty percent of all open source software is governed by...

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