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Recommended Papers

See also Professor Samuelson Page

  1. May 2004 There's No Such Thing as a Free (Software) Lunch by Jay Michaelson, Wasabi Systems

    From Open Source
          Vol. 2, No. 3 - May 2004

  2. The Tragedy of the Commons, by Garrett Hardin (1968)
  3. Why you should use a BSD-style license by Bruce R. Montague
  5. Open Spaces Magazine - The Purpose of Copyright by Lydia Pallas Loren
  6. Brinson, J. Dianne and Mark F. Radcliffe. "An Intellectual Property Law Primer For Multimedia And Web Developers." (1996)
  7. Coyle, Karen. "Copyright in the Digital Age" (talk given, San Francisco Public Library,1996)
  8. Field, Thomas G., Jr. "Copyright in Visual Arts."
  9. Fenton, Eileen Gifford. "Images and the World Wide Web: Copyright Issues." http://sunsite/Imaging/Databases/Fall95papers/fenton.html
  10. multimedia-copyright Greguras, Fred; Michael R. Egger; Sandy J. Wong. "Multimedia Content And The Super Highway: Rapid Acceleration Or Foot On The Brake?"
  11. Revising Copyright for the Digital Age  by Litman, Jessica. ( "Revising Copyright Law for the Information Age."  -- Twenty-third Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, October 2, 1995)
  12. IP Workshop Table of Contents -- collection of articles from CNI
  13. Net Law News Copyright Misuse -- Action Arising From Overly Restrictive Software License Agreement May be "Copyright Misuse"
  15. Revising the Copyright Law for Electronic Publishing
  16. E Law Subject - Copyright laws and legislation United States
  17. E Law Subject - Copyright law and legislation Asia
  18. Digital Technology Access to Legal Information and Dispute Resolution - Viewed from the Third World
  19. WIRED 2.03 The Economy of Ideas by John Perry Barlow
  20. IIntellectual Property Moral Legal and International DilemmasI
  21. Copyright and Internet Social Claims and Government's Intervention  -- by Yong-Chan Kim Ph.D. Student Annenberg School for Communication University of Southern California
  22. Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure
  23. Hawkins, Volume 3, Issue 1, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg: Enforceability of Shrinkwrap Licenses Under the Copyright Act By Jennifer L. Hawkins[*] October 24, 1997
  24. Lineo - White Papers GPL and other License Types
  25. The Open Source Definition umbrella approach that despite absence of any real innovations was a tremendous PR success in 1990-2000 effectively replacing the term of free software advocated by FSF.

  26. CyberSpace Law Lessons -- an excellent tutorial

  27.   -- In the United States, once you own a copy of a program, you can back it up, compile it, run it, and even modify it as necessary, without permission from the copyright holder. See 17 USC 117 According to the CONTU Final Report, which is generally interpreted by the courts as legislative history, ``the right to add features to the program that were not present at the time of rightful acquisition'' falls within the owner's rights of modification under section 117.

    What does all this mean for the free software world? Once you've legally downloaded a program, you can compile it. You can run it. You can modify it. You can distribute your patches for other people to use. If you think you need a license from the copyright holder, you've been bamboozled by Microsoft. As long as you're not distributing the software, you have nothing to worry about.

  28. Infosys 296A: Future of the Information Society, Copyright & Community - by Peter Lyman and Pamela Samuelson, University CA, Berkeley
  29. Crash Course in Copyright from UT system, including the Digital Library

  30. Internet Seminar Homepage U.Miami School of Law Law 1997  by Prof. Froomkin. University Miami Scholl of Law

  31. Law 978 Patent Copyright and Trademark Law -- Law 978: Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Law Spring 1996 Professor Kim Dayton University of Kansas School of Law

  32. Ethics and Law on the Electronic Frontier -- MIT + Harvard Law School



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