The Software License Unveiled: How Legislation by License Controls Software Access

Paperback | June 1, 2009

byDouglas E. Phillips

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Nearly every use of a computer is subject not only to public intellectual property law, but also to the privately-written law of the software license. Although the United States has only one Copyright Act and one set of patent laws, there exist thousands of different licenses - to whichmillions of computer users legally bind themselves by the click of a mouse, usually without reading anything but the word "agree." How do these proliferating but largely unread licenses affect access to software, one of the economy's most valuable resources? In The Software License Unveiled,visionary practitioner Doug Phillips aims to illuminate the unseen law of software to which the software license gives rise.

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Nearly every use of a computer is subject not only to public intellectual property law, but also to the privately-written law of the software license. Although the United States has only one Copyright Act and one set of patent laws, there exist thousands of different licenses - to whichmillions of computer users legally bind themselve...

Douglas Phillips is Vice President and General Counsel of Promontory Interfinancial Network, an Arlington, Virginia company that provides technology-based solutions for financial institutions. Previously he was Of Counsel to Covington and Burling and senior member of the Technology Transactions Group, where his practice focused on sof...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195341872

ISBN - 13:9780195341874

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