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Legal Resources for Hackers

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Introduction

You're not a lawyer? Most open source programmers aren't. Yet it pays to be aware of the various legal, ethical and moral concepts behind Perl and Open Source Software in general. For good or for bad, our local and national laws affect us, and one will be much more effective by being aware of your legal situation.

General

Understanding Licences

Software Patents

Contracts

  • [1] Suggested variations to employment contracts to allow employees to develop Open Source software without encumbrance from their employer, where there is no conflict of interest.
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