Copyright Holders Can Take Comfort From Jacobsen

Law360, New York (August 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The opinion by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, issued on Aug. 13, in Jacobsen v. Katzer is one of the few federal court decisions dealing with open source licenses and should be of interest to anyone who distributes or uses copyrighted works, such as computer software, under an open source license.

In recent years, computer programmers, as well as other developers of certain types of copyrighted works, have increasingly distributed their works under what are referred to as “open source” licenses. Such licenses...
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