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Vikrant Narayan Vasudeva: Open Source Software and Intellectual Property Rights

Kluwer Law International, Alphen aan den Rijn 2014. pp. 381 (incl. index). ISBN: 978-90-411-5228-2. €185.00
  • Christof KarlEmail author
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According to estimates, the worldwide revenue made with open source software in the year 2014 was about 40 billion US dollars. There is hardly any company or organization today whose IT infrastructure does not heavily rely on software distributed under an open source license. Fields of use range from operating systems to servers and databases to a great variety of application programs.

Open source licenses for computer programs were initially copyright-centered, and many of them rely on copyright in order to ensure that access to the source code of the program remains available, which is a technical prerequisite for its incremental and open development scheme. However, as Vikrant Vasudeva shows in his book, recent versions of open source licenses have evolved into “holistic intellectual property licenses”, and against this background, the title of the book is well chosen.

The work is largely based on a thesis the author wrote for his Ph.D. degree in law from the Indian Law Institute....

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© Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bardehle PagenbergMunichGermany

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