In several colonies, the establishment ceased to exist in practice at the Revolutionabout ;  this is the date of permanent legal abolition.
We are inspired by the hard work and commitment of FOSS developers to produce code that can be freely shared and modified, and it is our mission to help make sure that those developers have a legal environment which allows their work to flourish.
Our intended audience for this Primer is any person interested in a basic understanding of the legal issues that impact FOSS development and distribution. In particular, this Primer, like most of our other public work at SFLC, is addressed to two constituencies.
First, we provide creative, productive hackers insight on how to interact with the legal system—insofar as it affects the projects they work on—with a minimum of cost, fuss and risk. Second, we present a starting point for lawyers and risk managers for thinking about the particular, at times counter-intuitive, logic of software freedom.
While these are the primary audiences we intend to reach, we hope others will benefit from this Primer as well, and we have purposefully given it a non-lawyer style of communication for example, by intentionally omitting dense citation of judicial or other legal authority that is the hallmark of lawyers writing for lawyers.
This Primer provides a baseline of knowledge about those areas of the law, intending to support productive conversations between clients and lawyers about specific legal needs. We aim to improve the conversation between lawyer and client, but not to make it unnecessary, because law, like most things in life, very rarely has clear cut answers.
What is best for one client in one situation, may very well not be best for another client in the same situation, or even the same client in the same situation at a later date or in a different place.
Law cannot yield attainable certainty because it is dynamic, inconsistent, and incapable of mastery by pure rote memorization. The specific topics addressed herein are: They are presented in this order because that most closely aligns with the life-cycle of the legal needs of a typical FOSS project.
When code is written, copyrights immediately come into being. After successful public release of a project, patent and trademark issues may arise that need attention. Thus, this Primer proceeds in what is, to us, a very logical order. In closing, we are extremely pleased and honored to present this Primer and hope that it will benefit both those FOSS projects we already know and those we look forward to meeting in the future.
Proper understanding of these issues when the project is young can help avoid problems later. In this chapter, we address some of the common early copyright questions posed by FOSS projects. Because we do not know the specifics of your project, this document provides general information, and not legal advice.
All software is subject to copyright law. The moment you save code to a file, copyright law gives you certain rights to control what other people can do with your work. Because almost everybody who contributes code to a software project has rights with respect to their code, understanding the basics of copyright is essential to running a FOSS project.
A software copyright is the exclusive legal right to control the rules for copying, modifying, and distributing a work of software. Legal rules prohibit non-copyright holders from copying, modifying or distributing copyrighted works without permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright holders can permit other people to copy or modify their software. Other licenses are conditional. They allow people to copy or modify software only if certain conditions are met.
If you make copies or distribute modified versions of the software without satisfying the conditions i. In particular, the copyright holder can sue you for damages or ask a court to order you not to make or distribute further copies.
It is important for projects to understand the conditions in their licenses as well as those in the licenses of code they link to and code they incorporate into their project.
Complying with the conditions in the license is essential to avoiding copyright infringement. If you have general questions about copyright, a good source of information is the U.
Whereas copyright law has traditionally been used to withhold permission to copy, modify or distribute software, some licenses instead use copyright law to require that such permissions be granted.
Copyleft licenses are conditional licenses. One of the conditions you must satisfy before distributing copylefted software is that any changes you make to that software be likewise released under the copylefted license.
A copyleft license ensures that all modified versions of your project remain free in the same way. FOSS licenses can have stronger, weaker or no copyleft provisions, but they all share a common effect: Copyleft licenses require that those who take material from the common pool give something back as well.
Circumstances vary because licensing decisions can affect which software libraries you can use as well as the size and character of the community that gathers around a project. For example, strong copyleft licenses like the GPL prioritize ensuring that all downstream recipients receive source code and permission to modify the software.
Some licenses address issues concerning patents, 1 demand acknowledgments of prior authors, or require recipients to take other kinds of actions.
Despite their differences, the most widely-used FOSS licenses share a common goal: When starting a new project, you should give particular consideration to the license commonly used by your peers. Authors of Linux drivers usually choose GPL version 2."Separation of church and state" is paraphrased from Thomas Jefferson and used by others in expressing an understanding of the intent and function of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment .
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