Licenses In Open Source Software

10.07.2013 - 10.07.2013
13:00 Uhr

Responsible person: Dr.-Ing. Frederik Kramer

Lecturer: Dr. Georgia Kapitsaki (University of Cyprus, Department of Computer Science)

Duration: 2 hours (13:00 - 15:00)

Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) has offered a boost in emerging technologies, allowing users to use freely publicly available software and developers to incorporate third party software libraries into their implementations. Various open source communities consisting of active developers and bug fixers for specific projects can be encountered online.

The terms under which the software has become available and is provided for use are depicted in the corresponding licenses. Licenses express how the software can be exploited by the potential users and further differente between rights and obligations of the users. This lecture will provide information on the issues of open source licensing discussing also license conflicts. License conflicts are encountered when a software project integrates content from various sources that may carry different, and sometimes, even conflicting licenses.