Nearly every use of a computer is subject not only to public intellectual property law, but also to the privately-written law of the software license. Although the United States has only one Copyright Act and one set of patent laws, there exist thousands of different licenses - to which millions of computer users legally bind themselves by the click of a mouse, usually without reading anything but the word "agree." How do these proliferating but largely unread
licenses affect access to software, one of the economy's most valuable resources? In The Software License Unveiled, visionary practitioner Doug Phillips aims to illuminate the unseen law of software to which the software license gives rise.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 474 g
Dimensions: 243 x 162 x 17 mm
"This is a thorough tour of the software license. Phillips challenges conventional models and ideologies, and offers real-world examples and insights for anyone who has a stake in software distribution."
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Google Inc.
"Douglas Phillips has provided us with a wide-ranging and thoughtful analysis of current problems with software licensing, and his proposed solution is clear and sensible."
--Jameson W. Doig,
Professor of Politics and Public Affairs Emeritus, Princeton University
"In Doug Phillips' skillful hands, the subject of software licensing comes alive. He has a lot of smart things to say about this novel but important legal issue -- and he says them well."
--Alan S. Blinder,
Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
"If you're at all interested in privately made "laws", technology and its legal framework or the history of the software industry, you'll enjoy taking a gander at The Software License Unveiled."
"The Software License Unveiled is a well-written and illuminating book. Caselaw citations are listed in a Table of Cases, and the well-constructed index contains many cross-references. I recommend this book for all types of law libraries..."
--Bryan M. Carso, Coordinator of Reference & Instructional Services, Western Kentucky University Law Libraries, Bowling Green, KY, Legal Information Alert
"This book will persuade you to question the assumption that complex legislative software licenses are desirable or inevitable. Phillips writes about this technical subject with humor and ease, as someone who has been in the trenches representing software licensors and licensees for decades." -California Lawyer
"An enlightened point of view."-les Nouvelles