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An introduction to Software Licensing. A presentation done by Venkatarangan, Chairman of Vishwak Solutions (www.vishwak.com) as part of Vishwak360 Program

An introduction to Software Licensing. A presentation done by Venkatarangan, Chairman of Vishwak Solutions (www.vishwak.com) as part of Vishwak360 Program

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  • 1. Vishwak 360
    Software Licensing 101
    May 2011
  • 2. IPR – legal mumbo jumbo
  • 3. “Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet."  
    --  Mark Twain
  • 4. Reasons for Copyright
    • Recognition for the work done by the author
    • 5. Rewarding them for the work
    • 6. Giving them Exclusive Rights for the work
  • Patent - How it works?
    1) Applies to Government
    Patent office
    3) Viewing rights to Public
    2) Grants Patent
    Inventor
    Public
  • 7. Basic Requirements for patent
    • It should be new
    • 8. It should be useful
    • 9. Non - obvious
  • What is Trademark?
    • Visual symbol
    • 10. Word or Device
    • 11. Label applied to articles of commerce
    • 12. Introducing the goods to the society
  • licenses
    • Transfers rights without ownership
    • 13. Rights transferred can be
    Copyright
    Patent
    Trademark
    Trade secret
  • 14. Software Licenses
    • MIT
    • 15. Free BSD
    • 16. Apache
    • 17. GPL / LGPL – General Public License
    • 18. MS-PL
    • 19. Commercial Licenses – Windows 98 or EasyStruct
  • Common myth
    • There is no compulsion to release changes that you make, either under the GPL or any other open source license
    • 20. You may keep internal versions of GPL software that you have modified without necessarily licensing them to anyone else (Google)
  • References
    http://www.opensource.org/licenses/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source
    http://creativecommons.org/
  • 21. Flickr sample