Legal Issues Essay: Open versus Closed

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Legal Issues Essay: Open verses Closed 1 Legal Issues Essay: Open versus Closed Abstract This essay discuses the relative merits and demerits of open source and closed source software in terms of the effect on the consumer. The impact that closed or open source software has on the individual consumer is varied, therefore in the following sections arguments will be set forth for both points of view. An overall conclusion is eventually drawn from these arguments using varied sources of information as basis for the final distinction between Open or Closed software in terms of benefits or detriments. Legal Issues Essay: Open verses Closed Laurence Moore 2 Contents 1. Introduction .........................................................................................................................3 2 Open Source ........................................................................................................................3 3. Proprietary Software ............................................................................................................7 4. Interoprability ......................................................................................................................9 5. Conclusion ...........................................................................................................................9 6. References .........................................................................................................................11 7. Reflection..........................................................................................................................14 Legal Issues Essay: Open verses Closed Laurence Moore 3 1. Introduction Open source can be given to define ... ... middle of paper ... ...uilding and Maintaining a Good Corporate Reputation” Robert Worchester http://www.cipr.co.uk/groups/reggroups/pdfs/ricfoot_memorialecture.pdf [13] “Industrial Organisation and Innovation” - Chapter 5 - “Product and Process Innovation in Software Activities” Salvatore Torrisi 1998 ISBN : 1 85898 894 2 [14] “Introduction to Computer Law, Fifth Edition” - Chapter 16 - “Fundamentals of Computer Contracts” David Bainbridge ISBN : 0 582 47365 9 [15] “Sale of Goods Act Fact Sheet” Crown Copyright 2009 http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/consumers/fact-sheets/page38311.html Legal Issues Essay: Open verses Closed Laurence Moore 13 [16] “Supply of Goods and Services Act Fact Sheet” Crown Copyright 2009 http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/consumers/buying-selling/sale-supply/supply-of-goods-services/page8628.html Legal Issues Essay: Open verses Closed Laurence Moore

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