Generalized "Copyleft" License Brings Open Source Beyond Software
Jul 26, 2001, 01:00 (
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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
"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
www.nostarch.com), this is the
all-in-one guide to using Linux for accomplishing everyday
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
As a technology correspondent with Wired News, Michael Stutz was
one of the first journalists to write about Linux and the Open
Source movement in the mainstream press. With a longstanding
interest in copyright and intellectual property issues in the arts
and sciences, Michael Stutz is the founder of linart.net, an online
community of artists who use Linux. Learn more at his web site
ABOUT LINUX JOURNAL PRESS
Linux Journal Press publishes books on cutting-edge Open Source
topics that help to advance the acceptance and usability of Open
Source software. An imprint of No Starch Press ( www.nostarch.com), Linux Journal
Press titles are developed in partnership with Linux Journal
( www.ssc.com and www.linuxjournal.com).
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