Even Free Software has Copyrights: Judge

In a crucial win for the free software movement, a US federal appeals court has ruled that even software developers who give away the programming code for their works can sue for copyright infringement if someone misappropriates that material. The decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC, helps clarify a murky area of the law concerning how much control programmers can exert over their intellectual property once it’s been released for free into the so-called open source software community

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