I’m happy to report that the second article in the new Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer was published.
|Title||Free and Open Source Software Licenses Explained|
|Keywords||Open Source Software, Licenses, Computer Security|
|Authors||Miriam Ballhausen, Bird & Bird, LLP, Hamburg, Germany|
|Publication||IEEE Computer, June 2019, pp. 82-86, vol. 52|
Abstract: This installment of Computer’s series exploring free and open source software confronts a pressing issue, free and open source software licenses: what they are, the rights they convey, and the restrictions they impose.
As always, the article is freely available (local copy).
Open source license compliance is not for the faint of heart. Among many things, a company needs to tell the recipients of a distribution which open source software is used in their products. In the case of mobile apps, free or not, the user is the recipient and the app is the distribution. Downloading an app from the app store makes me a user. Lets see what we can learn about open source using an example app.
The following four screenshots show how I made my way from finding an app through installing and starting it. I could not find any information about the distributed open source code along the way.
Continue reading “Open Source License Compliance in Free Mobile Apps”
The German Enquete commission “Internet and Digital Society” is a multilateral commission instituted by the German parliament to discuss and make recommendations on, well, Internet and digital society. I’m a member of an expert advisory council for one of the parties involved in the commission. I received the following catalog of questions and thought I’d share the questions here and maybe we can have a good discussion. For international readers, it may be helpful to read Wikipedia on German copyright law. So, here are the questions.
Continue reading “Revamping German Copyright Law #EIDG”