OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE LICENSES

By Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala kalyan@brainleague.com www.brainleague.com www.sinapseblog.com
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Copyright
Idea/Expression Original Modicum of Creativity Literary, Dramatic, Musical, Artistic, Photographic, Cinematographic works and Sound Recording
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Copyright and Software
Source/Object Code Databases Websites Interfaces

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Rights
Reproduce Adapt Distribute Modify Public Display Public Performance

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Patents and Software
Requirements 
   

Subject Matter Industrial Applicability Novelty Inventive Step Specification
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Patents and Software
Rights 
   

Make Use Sell Offer for sale Import
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Example
Softan makes a software for transferring data into the brain available on his website. You can visit his website and download the software without any technical limitation. No terms and conditions on the website. Copyright notice on the website.
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Example
Notice: You may download the software and use it for non-commercial purposes. You have to accept a license before using the software. The license may be an open source license such as GPL.
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Open Source Concept
Evolution Philosophy Principles

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Principles
Source Code Distribution Modification Attribution License

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Kinds of Licenses
Viral Restrictive Flexible

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GPL
Copy, Modify and Distribute Distribution Conditions Source Code Derivative Works - Source Code Attribution License Warranty and Liability
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MPL
Copy, Modify and Distribute Distribution conditions Source Code Larger work - Only Source Code of MPL Software Attribution License Warranty and Liability
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BSD
Copy, Modify and Distribute Distribution Conditions Source code not mandatory Derivative work - No source code Attribution Different License Warranty and Liability
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Example
MyTv is a software developed by a group of engineers at IISc. The software is used for playing TV on mobile phones. The programmers make the software available under GPL. What are your flexibilities and limitations? What if the software is made available under BSD or MPL License?
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Enforcement
Jacobson case FSF Vs. SISCO Busy Box case Microsoft case

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Patent Risks
Contributor Third Party Microsoft Vs. TomTom RedHat Vs. Firestar

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Creative Commons
Share Copyrighted Works Some Rights Reserved Copy, Modify and Distribute Attribution and Link Share Alike Commercial Use Six types of licenses
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Open Source Business
Sale of verbatim copies Implementation and Training Support Warranty, Indemnity and Liability

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Use in Business
Internal use Use in products Use in hardware Strategies

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Use models
OSMM Model BRR model

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OSS Compliance
Policy and Checklist Choosing a software License Analysis and compliance Softwares - Blackduck, Palamida etc. Open Invention Network

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Resources
IPR Academy www.ipracademy.org SiNApSE Blog www.sinapseblog.com Free Online Courses www.onlineipcourses.com
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Thank You.
kalyan@brainleague.com Blog: www.sinapseblog.com

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