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The title that best describes Van Lindberg's job is "translator" - translating from "lawyer" to "engineer" and back. He enjoys working with both computer code and legal code to get things done.
As an attorney, Van helps people build businesses around ideas. His experience allows him to analyze and evaluate intellectual property in a sale, license or litigation context. Van also participates in the Open Source community. He helps businesses work with and develop Open Source software and helps developers navigate the legal system to achieve project goals. He has direct experience in digital circuit design; operating system design; application programming; networked and distributed systems; virtualization; wireless networking; high-availability systems and programming languages.
Outside of the traditional IP areas, Van is particularly interested in the Open Source licensing model. He has been involved (mostly as a user, but with occasional contributions) in the Open Source community since 1994. Van's favorite computer language is Python.
A clear, concise read for anyone writing software. Required material for knowing basic definitions, and what you sign away in Proprietary Information Agreements.Published 6 months ago by Reviewer
A super helpful text. The section on the GPL is particularly helpful.Published 13 months ago by Richard Best
It seems like the publisher added "Open Source" to the title in order to sell the book. I wanted a book that would explain the differences between different types of Open Source... Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by E
There really is no other book available that I can find to open your eyes to the legal stuff if you want to make some software, use some software, or run a web business. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Reader Bob
I am an attorney with a decent background in the basics of intellectual property. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about IP issues related to open source... Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Filkertus
The book goes through the various types of IP, explaining the difference between trademarks, patents, trade secrets and, of course, copyright. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by Moshe Zadka
Original review written by Sebastiano Cobianco, JUG Lugano, [...]
Reading a book on legal topics might seem a daunting perspective for someone with a technical... Read more
I've read quite a few books on this topic; so far this has been the best. First of all, the author doesn't only cover open source license (like previous books from O'Reilly did),... Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by Foti Massimo
I took a trip this last week, one that involved several hours of airplane travel each way. I took this book along and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by M. Helmke