Generalized "Copyleft" License Brings Open Source Beyond SoftwareJul 26, 2001, 01:00 (39 Talkback[s])
San Francisco, CA-- Michael Stutz, the author of the forthcoming book, THE LINUX COOKBOOK (August 2001, 1-886411-48-4, $29.95, No Starch Press, www.nostarch.com/?lcbk), has developed a copyleft-style license that brings the enormous benefits of Open Source software to books and other works.
Until now, copyleft licensing has applied to mostly software, which requires that the complete source code accompany the softwarepermitting unrestricted redistribution and modification, provided proper credit is given.
Stutz's Design Science License (DSL), two years in the making, ensures the same kind of freedoms as copyleft licensing for free software, with one exception: It can be applied to any work recognized by copyright law, including songs, books, software, and photographs.
"Any published work should come with the same freedom that Linux and other free software has," said Stutz. "The future is not in content protection, copyright control, or intellectual property. The future is in openness and freedom, and in every individual's right to cut and paste and copy and modify any work they like, for any reason they like."
The DSL is used in dozens of applications around the world, including manuals, music recordings and images. Stutz's new book, THE LINUX COOKBOOK, is being released electronically under the DSL. Also available in bookstores or from No Starch Press (1-800-420-7240, www.nostarch.com), this is the all-in-one guide to using Linux for accomplishing everyday tasks.
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