Legal Aspects of Open Source: Open Software, Open Hardware, and Open Data Licenses (Advanced)




Elizabeta Zirnstein


This course is designed for lawyers, starting companies (founders), managers, entrepreneurs, researchers and developers with a solid understanding of licensing. 

This course is also suitable for investors who may wish to explore investing in a company that builds its products on open source or releases them as open source. It will help them to understand open source licenses. 


This training is relevant to managers, entrepreneurs, researchers, developers, lawyers, business consultants and potential investors, interested in open-source projects: open software, open hardware or open data projects.

Introduction (Description of Module’s content)

This module highlights the significance of licensing in open-source projects. Firstly, the idea of open source is explained. It continues with the description of acceptable conditions for open source licenses and definition of copyleft and permissive licenses. Then, the open source software licensing is explained in details, explaining the 10 principles of open source software and describing the most common open source software licenses (MIT, BSD, APACHE, MOZILLA, GNU LICENSES, EUPL, ECLIPSE AND CREATIVE COMMONS licenses). This is followed by Free Software License Compatibility issues and software patents considerations. Upon that, licensing in open hardware and open data is explained. It finishes with some challenges in open data licensing.


Understand the open-source licenses.


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