The Academic aspect of FOSS Legal Issues
Searching in the web for FOSS legal issues you can find articles , posts in blogs -forums and various piece of information. The aim of this post is not to to show how to search for this kind of information but to mention how universities and the academic interpret legal issues related with FOSS..
Let’s see what’s going on then :
a) The Software Freedom Law Center published , before 5 years , a great paper called A Legal Issues Primer for Open Source and Free Software Projects ( it is also available as PDF). So if you are a software user, this is a great read and gives you a better understanding of why software licenses are so important. Furthermore if you are a software developer, and particularly if you are a developer working in the FOSS world I couldn’t find any reason not to read this paper.
b) Fitzgerald, Brian F. and Suzor, Nicolas P. in 2005 published a paper with title “Legal issues for the use of free and open source software in government”[Melbourne University Law Review, 29(2), pp. 412-447.]. It is also available in PDF format and you can download from here.
c) Andrés Guadamuz González [University of Edinburgh, UK] published a paper , in 2005 , with title “The calm before the storm? Legal challenges to open source licences” . It is also available in PDF format and you can download from here
d) Steve H. Lee [Harvard University,MA,USA] published a paper [in draft form] , in 1999 , with title “Open Source Software Licensing” . It is also available in PDF format and you can download from here.
For sure you can find more papers and publications related to FOSS legal issues , in my opinion I listed the most important ones.