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[6WashJLTech&Arts311] Jacobsen Revisited: Conditions, Covenants and the Future of Open-Source Software Licenses

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dc.contributor.author Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts
dc.contributor.author Menon, Yamini
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-10T15:32:00Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-10T15:32:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06
dc.identifier.citation 6 Wash.J.L. Tech & Arts 311 (2011) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2157-2534
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1054
dc.description vol.6 no.4, Spring 2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT Open-source software licensing has become mainstream in the field of software development. Nowhere is this more evident than in the 2008 Federal Circuit decision Jacobsen v. Katzer, where the court first interpreted the terms of an open-source software license. The Jacobsen decision offers an important first step in how to interpret the terms of an open-source license, though it does not address how to interpret licenses other than the Artistic License. This Article explores how Jacobsen’s reasoning can be used to interpret the terms of other open-source licenses, particularly the GPL v.2, GPL v.3, Apache License v.2, BSD License, and the Mozilla Public License. After examining the Federal Circuit’s discussion of “conditions” and “covenants,” this Article suggests how to draw a principled distinction between these terms when interpreting an open-source license. This Article also examines policy considerations that arise when interpreting the terms of an open-source license and offers proposals for reducing exposure to potential copyright infringement liability when using software licensed under an open-source software license. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Law, Technology & Arts Group Feature Article en_US
dc.subject Intellectual Property
dc.title [6WashJLTech&Arts311] Jacobsen Revisited: Conditions, Covenants and the Future of Open-Source Software Licenses en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2011 Yamini Menon


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