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Google's Open Source Casebook


Free and open source software has been part of Google's technical and organizational foundation since the beginning. This casebook is directly from Google's extensive open source documentation and provides an analysis of several key legal topics in open source, grounded in primary sources.

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Last Updated: December 19, 2019


The Casebook reproduces and discusses primary sources like case law, statutes, and license text.

    • Contract and Copyright Remedies Available under Open Source Licenses
    • Patent Licensing and Exhaustion in Open Source
    • Trademarks in Open Source
    • Authorship in Open Source
    • Resolving Contractual Ambiguity in Open Source Licenses

Practitioner’s Guide

The Practitioner’s Guide outlines best practices for using and creating open source.

    • Contributor License Agreement Policy

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This casebook does not provide legal advice, and represents the views solely of its contributors in their individual capacities. Please consult with your own lawyer for legal advice.

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