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Published: 04 June 2009

232 Pages


ISBN: 9780195341874

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A new practitioner law publication

The Software License Unveiled

How Legislation by License Controls Software Access

Douglas E. Phillips

  • First title to combine a practice-oriented survey of "clickwrap" law with a theoretical treatment of legal and economic theory
  • Written by a visionary legal practitioner with extensive experience in software licensing
  • Includes discussion of today's software licenses from both practical and conceptual vantage points, including analysis of license examples, discussion of key judicial decisions, and consideration of theoretical perspectives.
  • Explains how the terms of "clickwrap" agreements and other software licenses give rise to a largely unread and unseen law of software, which often displaces intellectual property law
  • Discusses digital rights management ("DRM") and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and how these critical developments are and are not related to software licensing
  • Discusses the new version 3 of the General Public License ("GPL"), which applies to Linux and other free software programs
  • Includes a brilliant new perspective on the proliferation of open-source software licenses that will help to frame the ongoing debate within the free and open-source software communities.

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