Legal training module (Basic & Advanced)

1. Legal Aspects of Open Source: Understanding Licenses

Subtitle

Open/free licenses do not mean that everything is allowed

Instructor

Elizabeta Zirnstein

Target

This course is designed for managers, entrepreneurs, researchers and developers with no background in IP rights and licencing. It will help them to understand different types of intellectual property rights and how can they transfer those rights to others.  It aims to support them in their first steps into the world of open-source licencing.

This course is also suitable for investors exploring opportunities in companies that either build their products on open-source principles or release them as open source.

Relevance

This training is relevant to managers, entrepreneurs, researchers, developers 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 an introduction to intellectual property rights and explanation of different IP rights that can be embedded in an open-source project. Then, the term “licence” is defined and basic licensing terms are described. Upon that, licensing in open source is explained and open-source licenses are classified into two main categories: permissive and copyleft. Then, reciprocal licenses are explained. It finishes with some recommendations for choosing the right license for a project.

Topics

Understand the legal aspects of open-source projects

Presentation

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2. Legal Aspects of Open Source: OPEN SOFTWARE, OPEN HARDWARE AND OPEN DATA LICENCES

Subtitle

 

Instructor

Elizabeta Zirnstein

Target

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. 

Relevance

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.

Topics

Understand the open-source licenses.

Presentation

Link to full course