CHAPTER 2Understanding Software Licensing


  • images  1.3 Open Source Software and Licensing

images Software is a type of intellectual property that is governed by copyright laws and, in some countries, patent laws. As a general rule, this makes it illegal to copy software unless you’re the software’s author. Open source software, however, relies on licenses, which are documents that alter the terms under which the software is released. As described in this chapter, open source licenses grant additional rights to software users.

In general, open ...

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