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By Noam Shemtov,Ian Walden

loose and Open resource software program (FOSS) is realised via felony tools, inner most legislation agreements, licences, gives you, and neighborhood norms. those deepest legislation tools live inside a public legislation framework that can provide unique and monopoly rights to creators of highbrow property.

Written by way of FOSS specialists, this paintings supplies an in-depth exam of the felony and advertisement constructions on the subject of the utilization and exploitation of FOSS software program. FOSS has turn into an more and more very important element of the ICT undefined, embodied within the items that we use and the platforms we rely on. significant gamers reminiscent of IBM have embraced FOSS and it affects on all its users.

This paintings will let readers to appreciate the felony atmosphere during which FOSS operates. the 1st half examines FOSS on the subject of the foremost IP regimes. the economic implications of FOSS are then tested from varied parts of the availability chain. the ultimate half examines the results of FOSS for coverage makers.

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