International Free and Open Source Software Law Review

desde Julio 2009
Último Número: Diciembre 2013

Editorial Committee of IFOSSLR
ISSN 1877-6922

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Núm. 2-2013, Diciembre 2013



Red Flag Way: Exploring copyright protection, TRIPS and Open Source software licensing in the People's Republic of China

The focus of this paper is to explore the interaction between open source software licenses and China’s developing stance on intellectual property laws and standards over the last three and a half decades. It is contended that open source software licensing alters the intended use of copyright protection in a manner which conforms to the cultural understandings of the People’s Republic of China. It is also argued that a copyright policy that is preferential towards open source software licens...

Expendable ?Written' ICT Policies in a Digital Era, No Broken Promise

In Turkey, whether distinguishing software as Free Open Source Software (FOSS) or Proprietary Closed Source Software (PCSS), there is no precise ‘National ICT Policy in Public Institutions.’ It is crucial to evaluate ICT Policy, particularly how and why it is incomprehensible, as a case study to conceptualise ICT Policy from a national psyche. The study focuses on the reasons for not ‘governing’ ICT Policy and identifies the conditions behind this omission. I argue how FOSS is deliberately ig...

Who owns the project name?

In the United States, ownership of trade marks can be bedevilling. A trade mark registration is not a grant of rights, only recognition of already-existing rights. A trade mark is owned by the first to use it and may only be registered by the owner. However, there is no consistent rule or standard that courts apply when deciding disputes over ownership. Complicating matters further, U.S. trade mark law eschews the concept of joint ownership, considering it inconsistent with a trademark's rol...

The European Union Public Licence (EUPL)

This paper details the origin and main characteristics of the European Union Public Licence (EUPL), an OSI-approved free or open source software licence, copyrighted by the European Union. It focuses on the new version 1.2 of the EUPL that has been drafted in 2013, which the European Commission reports will be published before the end of the year. However, comments are relevant for the version 1.1 as well. What makes the EUPL unique is its multilingual working value, specific warranties, refe...

Book reviews

Book review: 'Thoughts on Open Innovation', edited by Shane Coughlan

Kari Kärkkäinen reviews Thoughts on Open Innovation (ed. Shane Coughlan, 2013) which is a collection of essays discussing various topics around the concept of Open Innovation.


Free and open source software across the EU

Across the EU, there is a groundswell of public administrations that use open source for their ICT solutions. Evidence of its benefits as well as practical examples are steadily piling up at the European Commission's Open Source Observatory. The areas where this type of solution can be found most include, in random order, content management (CMS), document management (DMS), database applications, all kinds of online e-government services, geo-information systems (GIS) and in most if not all p...

Tech Watch

Advancing the Software Package Data Exchange: An update on SPDX

Since 2010, the Software Package Data Exchange, a Linux Foundation work group, has made great progress. This article provides an overview of advancements on the specification itself, survey results on use, adoption by corporate users and FOSS communities, and future plans and initiatives.

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