Free And Open Source Software Licensing Primer
A short summary of licensing issues involved with using the different FOSS licenses, primarily the GNU GPL license.
As the FOSS Movement has been growing rapidly in recent years, more and more stakeholders are brought in to participate in different roles. Some of them are end-users, developers, business entities, or government agencies that provide funding for FOSS projects. This e-primer is designed to provide these stakeholders with some basic knowledge about copyright, software copyright and FOSS licenses. Legal issues may vary in different situations and this e-primer may not be able to provide answers to all situations. But, hopefully, it will serve as a bridge between lawyers and non-lawyers in this joint venture of FOSS development.
Author: Shun-ling Chen
© UNDP-APDIP, Elsevier, 2006, 29 pages
Download: FOSS Licensing Primer (PDF, 1.3MB)