Free and Open Source Software

Author: Noam Shemtov
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780199680498
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Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) has become an increasingly important part of everyday products (such as Android phones) and everyday systems (such as Linux). The book will be the first comprehensive examination of the legal, commerical and policy aspects of FOSS from a European perspective.

Free and Open Source Software FOSS and other Alternative License Models

Author: Axel Metzger
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319215604
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Public Rights

Author: Graham Greenleaf
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107134064
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This comprehensive international and comparative account reconceptualises the public domain, providing new insights into copyright and copyright law reform.

Digital Copyright

Author: Simon Stokes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1849469830
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Now in its 4th edition, this book helps put digital copyright law and policy into perspective and provides practical guidance for those creating or exploiting digital content or technology.

Beyond the Code

Author: Noam Shemtov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198716796
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Although the law of infringement is relatively straightforward on the copying of literal and textual elements of software, it is the copying of non-literal and functional elements that poses complex and topical questions in the context of intellectual property (IP) protection. In many cases, it is these non-literal and functional elements that contain the real value of a software product. This book concerns the copying of non-literal and functional elements of software in both the United States (US) and European Union (EU), using a holistic approach to address the most topical questions facing experts concerned with legal protection of software products across a range of technological platforms. The book focuses on four distinct but interrelated areas: contract, copyright, trade secrets, and trade-dress; as well as dealing more briefly with patent law, designs, and competition law, discussing these areas separately and in relation to one another. The book discusses software as a multi-layered functional product, setting the scene for other legal discussions by highlighting software's unique characteristics. It examines models for the provision of software, addressing licensing patterns and overall enforceability, as well as the statutory and judicial tools for regulating the use of such licences. It further assesses the protection of non-literal and functional software elements under EU and US copyright law, focusing on internal architecture and behavioural elements. The application of trade secrets law to software is examined under traditional, online, and cloud models. Finally, it examines the application of trade dress protection to software's 'look and feel', particularly relating to the highly topical area of cloud environments. Protecting Software offers a unique outlook on contemporary issues concerning the legal protection of computer software.

Coding Freedom

Author: E. Gabriella Coleman
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691144613
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Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software--and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project--reveal about the values of contemporary liberalism? Exploring the rise and political significance of the free and open source software (F/OSS) movement in the United States and Europe, Coding Freedom details the ethics behind hackers' devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. In telling the story of the F/OSS movement, the book unfolds a broader narrative involving computing, the politics of access, and intellectual property. E. Gabriella Coleman tracks the ways in which hackers collaborate and examines passionate manifestos, hacker humor, free software project governance, and festive hacker conferences. Looking at the ways that hackers sustain their productive freedom, Coleman shows that these activists, driven by a commitment to their work, reformulate key ideals including free speech, transparency, and meritocracy, and refuse restrictive intellectual protections. Coleman demonstrates how hacking, so often marginalized or misunderstood, sheds light on the continuing relevance of liberalism in online collaboration.

Maritime Law and Practice in China

Author: Liang Zhao
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317266455
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A comprehensive treatment of Chinese maritime law and judicial practice, this book covers both substantive law and procedure law of maritime law in mainland China. This is a professional book for both academics and practitioners in the field of maritime law. Including analysis of and comment on judicial practice from the Supreme People’s Court, Higher People’s Courts and ten maritime courts, as well as a whitepaper of Chinese maritime adjudication for 30 years (1984-2014), this brings to an English-speaking audience for the first time some of the most technical aspects of maritime law. It is therefore an invaluable resource for all those interested in maritime law in China.

Social Security Law Policy and Practice

Author: Frank Bloch
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9781634603591
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This casebook covers Social Security law and practice, including selected current policy issues related to the scope and administration of the program. The book begins with an introductory chapter that places the Social Security Act in its historical and constitutional context. It also explores the future of Social Security with a brief discussion of selected contemporary policy issues. The remainder of the book can be divided into two parts. The first part consists of chapters on the eligibility requirements for benefits, including both financial and categorical criteria. The second part focuses on Social Security practice, including the administrative appeals process and judicial review. The book touches on all of the Actâe(tm)s major benefit programs; however, since the vast majority of contested Social Security claims involve disability benefits, the disability programsâe(tm) eligibility criteria and related policy and practice issues are discussed in greater detail. "Social Security Law, Policy, and Practice, the new book from Professors Frank Bloch and Jon Dubin, provides a rich set of materials on the law and practice of social security law, especially social security disability law and practice, combined with a discussion of selected issues of social security policy. The book makes complex material clear and accessible and the chapters on social security practice and administrative advocacy are particularly timely and useful. Students and new lawyers will get a thorough exposure not only to the theoretical, policy, and doctrinal underpinnings of the law but also on how advocacy can translate these principles into action. Well done!" âe"Robert Dinerstein, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Experiential Education, American University, Washington College of Law âe Social Security law is a critically important area of law that is sprawling and complex. Mastery of the procedural regime is vital to practice in this field and the policy questions that our Social Security system deals with raise fundamental questions about our society that continue to be contested. Bloch & Dubin's Social Security Law, Policy & Practice puts it all together in a clear and organized manner that enables students to understand both the big picture questions and the finer grained issues that make up the bread and butter of social security practice. Most importantly, it draws the connections between these different dimensions so that students can see how issues in individual cases link up to the larger policy questions. I cannot think of another single source that puts it all together so comprehensively and so clearly. It sets a new standard for teaching materials in this vital and growing field of practice.âe âe"Matthew Diller, Dean & Paul Fuller Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

Storytelling in Northern Zambia

Author: Robert Cancel
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
ISBN: 1909254592
Format: PDF
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Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bemba-speaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enables the reader to encounter the storytellers themselves and hear their narratives. Robert Cancel's thorough critical interpretation, combined with these newly digitalised audio and video materials, makes Storytelling in Northern Zambia a much needed addition to the slender corpus of African folklore studies that deal with storytelling performance. Cancel threads his way between the complex demands of African fieldwork studies, folklore theory, narrative modes, reflexive description and simple documentation and succeeds in bringing to the reader a set of performers and their performances that are vivid, varied and instructive. He illustrates this living narrative tradition with a wide range of examples, and highlights the social status of narrators and the complex local identities that are at play. Cancel's study tells us not only about storytelling but sheds light on the study of oral literatures throughout Africa and beyond. Its innovative format, meanwhile, explores new directions in the integration of primary source material into scholarly texts. This book is the third volume in the World Oral Literature Series, developed in conjunction with the World Oral Literature Project.