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II. Licenses

Because no established or primary definition of Open Content exists, the licenses are very heterogenous. Below is a (non-exhaustive) list. Read More...

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I. Selected Open Content Projects

In recent years multiple open content projects developed to support distribution and use of open content. In some of these projects ifrOSS was also involved:

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GPL Version 2

The commentary on the GNU General Public License (in German) is now available for free. It was written by members of ifrOSS and contains a commentary of the most important free software license in light of German law. The texts are licensed under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 and thus can be used by everyone.

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IV. Software patents

  1. Comment on the draft proposal for a "Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions" (COM(2002) final)
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V. Enforcement directive

  1. Auf dem Weg zu einem Europäischen Sanktionenrecht des geistigen Eigentums?
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III. Second amendment

  1. Stellungnahme des ifrOSS zu einem Auskunftsanspruch der Rechtsinhaber gegen-über Providern
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Policy

It is ifrOSS‘ goal to accompany legislative initiatives that relate to free software and open content directly or indirectly by providing guidance with regard to legal policy and academic legal developments. The institute is committed to future oriented legal development in Germany and Europe which takes into account the public interest with regard to innovation and progress as well as the interests of other effected persons or groups. Read More...

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GPL Version 3

In 2006 the FSF published the draft for the new version of the GNU General Public License and concurrently started a worldwide discussion and consultation with interested parties. This process of revision ended on June 29th 2007 with the publication of the new version of the license. The FSF had two goals when revising the license. First, the existing rights granted to the users were to be safeguarded taking into account the contemporary legal and technical environment. Especially important in this regard were the hotly debated topics of software patents and digital rights management. Additionally the broad international use of the license was to be facilitated. At the same time the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) was modernized and published as version 3 as well. Read More...

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