Free Software, Free Society
by Richard M. Stallman
Publisher: Free Software Foundation 2002
Number of pages: 230
The intersection of ethics, law, business and computer software is the subject of these essays and speeches by MacArthur Foundation Grant winner, Richard M. Stallman. This collection includes historical writings such as The GNU Manifesto, which defined and launched the activist Free Software Movement, along with new writings on hot topics in copyright, patent law, and the controversial issue of "trusted computing." Stallman takes a critical look at common abuses of copyright law and patents when applied to computer software programs, and how these abuses damage our entire society and remove our existing freedoms.
Download or read it online for free here:
by Geoffrey Richard Sampson - BookBoon
This free textbook shows the reader where in the IT-based business legal problems are likely to arise. The author aims to give computing students that kind of broad level of understanding of the law applicable to IT sector.
by Melanie Dulong De Rosnay (ed.) - Open Book Publishers
The authors argue that the Public Domain - that is, the informational works owned by all of us, be that literature, music, the output of scientific research, educational material or public sector information - is fundamental to a healthy society.
by Daniel J. Solove - Yale University Press
A fascinating account of how the Internet is transforming gossip and our ability to protect our own reputations. The author shows that the unconstrained flow of information on the Internet may impede opportunities for self-development and freedom.
by Marleen Wynants, Jan Cornelis - ASP-VUB Press
The book provides an open platform for a wide range of lawyers, journalists, artists, and activists to discuss the future of open-source and free software, the evolution, prospects, and issues of sharing knowledge and ideas through technology.