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Heather Meeker’s Open Source for Business (Second Edtion) is a practical, readable guide to help businesspeople, engineers, and lawyers understand open source software licensing. Based on the author’s twenty years as an attorney working at the crossroads of intellectual property and technology, this guide explains the legal and technical principles behind open source ...more
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published April 15th 2017
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Rod
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a lifelong software engineer, I read this book to get a basic understanding of various open source software licenses which are used in modern software. After finishing the book I realized that it
presumed a deep legal background which I did not have and was not interested in acquiring.
I have worked with several large open source software projects. I can easily understand the
software (Open Stack, Docker, Kubernetes, etc.), but I did not get an understanding of open source licenses from this
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Armin
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This book was very helpful to understand the free and open source licensing landscape better. That said, it also goes into a lot of legal detail, which was more than I was looking for. Therefore this book will be a more a reference for me for the cases that I need it. The majority of the book also seems to be dedicated to copyleft licenses (as opposed to permissive licenses), which lies in the nature of the legal detail. The pseudo-code selection tree for the right license is very helpful.
Ben Hilburn
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've now read this book twice. Excellent reference for anyone working in open source.
Michael
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot more legalese and case law than I expected. Not so much a practical guide, but more a legal lens to look through.
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