Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2004, 432 pages
Keywords: Open Source
A complete guide to the law of open source for developers, managers, and lawyers.
Now that open source software is blossoming around the world, it is crucial to understand how open source licenses work — and their solid legal foundations. Open Source Initiative general counsel Lawrence Rosen presents a plain-English guide to open source law for developers, managers, users, and lawyers. Rosen clearly explains the intellectual property laws that support open source licensing, carefully reviews today's leading licenses, and helps you make the best choices for your project or organization.
A very clearly written legal text written by a lawyer! Astounding!
Nevertheless, he manages to cover his subject very well and in detail (even if he only goes through the most popular licensees and some that he has written himself). He also manages to explain some of the problems with rank amateurs (aka developers and programmers) that tries to play lawyers and messes things up in extremis.
Clearly recommended reading if you're into OSS, even if the subject sometimes gets a bit dry.