The legality of free and open source software licences: the case of Jacobsen v. Katzer
Fitzgerald, Brian F. and Olwan, Rami. (2011) The legality of free and open source software licences: the case of Jacobsen v. Katzer. In In M. Perry and B. Fitzgerald (Ed.). Knowledge Policy for the 21st Century: a legal perspective Irwin Law.
|Authors||Fitzgerald, Brian F. and Olwan, Rami|
|Editors||M. Perry and B. Fitzgerald|
In August 2008 one of, if not the most, influential Intellectual Property courts in the USA known as the Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit upheld the validity of a free and open source software licence known as the Artistic Licence. The case is significant because up until this point there has been little judicial discussion of the legal operation of this new type of copyright licensing that is sweeping across the world fuelled by the ubiquity of the Internet. The decision in Robert Jacobsen v. Matthew Katzer and Kamind Associates, Inc. 2008 U.S. App. LEXIS 17161 (Fed. Cir. 2008) issued on 13 August 2008 provides a unique and welcomed insight into the legal operation of free and open source software licences and by analogy Creative Commons styled open content licences. This article analyses the judgment and provides commentary on its reasoning.
|Keywords||Free Software; FOSS; FLOSS; Free and Open Source Software; Creative Commons; Open Source; Software Licensing; Open Content; Open Content Licensing; Enforcement; Legality of Free and Open Source Software Licensing; Copyright; Copyleft; Copyright Licensing; Covenant; Condition; Restrictions; Artistic License; Jacobsen v Katzer; Federal Circuit|
|Book title||Knowledge Policy for the 21st Century: a legal perspective|
|Place of publication||Canada|
|Open access||Open access|
|Research Group||Thomas More Law School|
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