Publisher: O'Reilly, 2008, 371 pages
Keywords: Open Source
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.
A good primer and introduction on the legal world of Intellectual Property as it pertains to software, with a focus on Open Source.
Be wary, though, as this is only applicable in the US with their convoluted legal system, that is quite alien to the (most) European legal systems.
An enjoyable read in any case.